Enhanced youth and talents. He did it at the same pace that he racked up victories and reached the top of the LPF.
He won five. High five for Gallardo: the victories chained have allowed him to River climb the championship, jump to workshops and be a leader. Nevertheless, as if it were a mamushka within that quantifiable sporting success in points hides another also measurable: the breadth of variants that the detainee won in the 65 days that elapsed since the 1-2 versus Godoy Cruz, a defeat with an alternative base that had generated the feeling of a worrying shortage of available resources.
River gained in bandwidth. Although it would be risky to diagnose that you now have two ABC1 computers at your disposal, What the coach did achieve is to find options with a good present and great projection that took shape in the structure but no longer in an emergency context.
They broke in, product of a grassroots work, junior talents like Felipe Peña, Santiago Simon, Benjamin Rollheiser O Enzo Fernandez -with a greater degree of experience- but also a summer reinforcement such as Agustin Palavecino, who was reinserted thanks to that underpinning that the Doll himself revealed after the victory against Banfield.
The zero moment of Gallardo’s strategy
The variants that have worked for Gallardo.
The cases share a starting point: for the match against Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, the Doll summoned Simón and Tomás Galván, who repeated the call against Gimnasia. In fact, both had action in La Plata: one as a starter; the other as relief, entering crispy over Jorge Carrascal and Palavecino himself, substitutes without activity.
That decision was a kind of indoor message: the internal competition included young people. And he would not easily offer revenge. The call for attention was redoubled post Independiente. “It is a matter of players who cannot yet be in their best form not lose confidence,” said the DT.
Gallardo He also stressed that “it is up to them to get ahead” after the reinforcements (Palavecino, Paradela, Vigo, Fontana) remained in a numb tone in the two games that River had to face with casualties due to calls and injuries to the September FIFA date.
A combo that included the crosses against Sarmiento and CAI, in which in return the midfielder Peña passed his first big test, being one of the best of the team even playing central. And he validated those performances with great solvency against Banfield, rounding off an interesting statistic in his pack of matches: 24 recoveries in the 3 PCs, 59% of aerial duels won (66% success in total duels), 15 clearances and five interceptions.
Players who are still on the debit.
Gallardo’s proposal was not temporary but was maintained once the team recovered the injured and summoned footballers. Against Newell’s, for example, a very incisive Rollheiser allowed River to enhance the attacks of Julian Alvarez In the second half.
Benja would jump to the title in the two subsequent dates (Arsenal and Central Córdoba) as a companion to Araña. And displacing the initialists, like this, Romero. In the 1-0, against the tactical armor proposed by Israel Damonte, in fact Gallardo also expanded the alternatives for the right back: he tried Simón, a regular inside midfielder but with experience in the band, and the kid was more determined to attack and firmer to defend in contrast to Vigo, still in its slow process of adaptation.
That night in front of Arsenal he would allow Simon become a fixed piece. It was an appearance that gave Gallardo a solution, because he is not only capable of unbalancing and assisting (pass-goal to Julián against Boca) but also of shooting from a distance or breaking lines to the bottom in the area where Milton Casco now moves, without that verticality that he previously offered Montiel. And that package of matches also gained confidence, in a context of synchronized game in speed, Palavecino himself, a starter against Arsenal, Boca and Banfield and with a good income vs. Central Córdoba (attended Romero).
In a context where River begins to feel the wear, who already knows that he has a withdrawal until 2022 (Matías Suárez) and that he still has not managed to recover 100% of Jonatan Maidana, the fact of having expanded the number of alternatives generates Gallardo a tranquility that he did not seem to have after the difficult week after the falls against Boca and Mineiro.
That precipitous wear and tear was anesthetized and the feeling of scarcity diminished, just in the last stretch of the Professional League, when the margin of error shrinks and each drop will require reliable variables to sustain the current rhythm in order to pay off the Muñeco garter note. The roster in that sense no longer seems so short, even though there are cases that remain in the debit zone. The band is wider.