If four days ago it was a difficult decision for the Racing DT, the unfortunate performance of Chila Gómez in front of Tigre it became more complicated. Return the position to Gabriel Ariasthe starting goalkeeper, who did not lose that condition due to poor performance but due to an ugly injury, would have been irreproachable last sunday. He can now be seen as a punishment for the blooper with which Gómez woke up Tigre, who tied a settled match.
The problem was not having replaced it that day. When Arias had already gone through the entire process of recovering from the injury and even agreed to play in reserve to go back to the rhythm of the goal, calculation of distances, tension of matches, Fernando Gago considered that he should go to the bank and let Gomez continue.
Gago may like one more than the other, and he is the one who is closely following Arias’ form. but seen the level that Arias reached and the importance that he had gained within the team and the group when he suffered misfortune, it seems legitimate to give him back his place, although Gomez has replaced him very well.
If the difference in objective level between one goalkeeper and another is very large, after an absence due to injury the holder must return. In field positions, Gago did not do this with players who came out at a good level and due to injuries, such as Mena and Alcaraz.
A difficult decision for Gago (Photo Germán García Adrasti).
But there are variants there, one can enter 30, 45 minutes, or in another position. Archer plays one and it doesn’t come out. On top of that, Racing raffled off the Copa Argentina and there is no recourse to putting one in each tournament.
In 1987, Sergio Goycochea took good care of Nery Pumpido’s goals for River and the National Team when the world champion goalkeeper (with both teams) chained two serious injuries. But when he was cured, none of the technicians shook their heads when they told Goyco: you played a phenomenon, but Nery comes back and plays. Were Carlos Griguol and Carlos Bilardo.