River and two challenges to gain peace of mind

River It has a sea in the background. The issue is in which part of the sea is the team: today it crosses the zone of strong waves. At this point, the former president of the club usually says Rodolfo D’Onofriothere are two options: either one stays paralyzed where the waves break, or rolls around in the sand trying to get around them as best he can, or move decisively towards the horizon and cross the breaker to move to calmer waters. That is what, it seems, will try to do Marcelo Gallardo in this section of the semester: speed up to get to a quieter area where you have more room to maneuver.

Taken to the day to day of River, after the stumble in Córdoba against Talleres with an alternative teamwith muscle injuries that are logically multiplying by the bustle, the coaching staff is considering putting the best they have in their next two games, on Sunday (7:00 p.m.) with Atlético Tucumán in a Mâs Monumental that will once again be full for the League Cup and on Wednesday (21) against Colo Colo in Santiago de Chile in the Libertadores. And of course, it is that If CARP won the two games ahead, it would already be more than a foot inside the playoffs at the local and international level.

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In the LPF Cup He was somewhat uncomfortable due to the defeat at Kempes in a very even area, with several teams that make merits to enter the top four. Winning on Sunday, he will already have just two dates ahead of him and will necessarily take a decisive advantage: Argentines (4th) and Sarmiento (5th), their two immediate pursuers (both add 20 units, while River and Ñuls have 22 and Racing, already practically inside, 27) they will face each other on Monday and then points will be deducted.

The defeat with Talleres made him comfortable in the table (Fotobaires).

The defeat with Talleres made him comfortable in the table (Fotobaires).

On the continental stage, bringing three points from Chile will take a light advantage over the other entertainer in Group Fwho also won the two games he has played so far, and thus would be very well placed to think about qualifying for the round of 16, with a fixture that saves him the last two games of the phase as a local.

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From there, if Gallardo manages to put in two plenary sessions between Sunday and Wednesday, he will have a handicap to dose energy with more wristwith the possibility, even, of ending up keeping soccer players in the last days of Libertadores to prepare for the eventual kill-kill that would come in the local tournament.

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Thus, MG loaded the machine during the week to play with the best it has in the double competition at the end of April that in the last 13 days he has already left five muscle injuries. Injuries that were expected. It is true that playing every three or four days is difficult for all teams and that there are many who are in it, among those who play Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana. But probably no one suffers the hustle and bustle like River: the distinctive intensity with which CARP plays (and trains) causes wear and tear that is difficult to manage in a calendar upholstered with commitments.

That is why the coach decided to take his best men in the Cordoba expedition to the pits and even give them a day off when they return to Buenos Aires to rest physically and mentally.

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Without Quintero neither Boat (Esequiel could indeed be in Chile), the expectation to receive ATU and visit the leader of the Chilean league on the other side of the mountain range will surely go through a Julian Alvarez that took a run against Banfield and Talleres and, now, will be ready to be the great reference of the attack, surely accompanied by a Matias Suarez more and more loose.

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In between, the only one who didn’t stop was Simon, who played the 90′ ​​vs. the T: it will be necessary to see if the kid from the Inferiores appears from the start in the two games or if the management of minutes that the Doll prepares does not include a double appearance from the beginning but one. Otherwise, the Enzos, De la Cruz, and the starting defense with Paulo Díaz and Martínez in the rear seem fixed for these 180′ in which River needs to pass the surf to have a little more peace in the segment with the highest swell of the semester.

So, Armani; Herrera, Paulo Diaz, David Martinez, Casco; Enzo Perez; Simon, Enzo Fernandez, De la Cruz; Matias Suarez and Julian Alvarez they would be the 11 that could play this Sunday.

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