The pain of River post Sarmiento (Marcelo Carroll).

Gallardo at work: the famous Plate Level

Yes Gallant look for a reinvention, a restoration of the standards of your cyclewill then have to attend to a factor that has so far complicated the attempt to stabilize River in the semester: differences in physical level that have had an impact on sports. A difference that had direct consequences on the results that urgently need to be alleviated just on the eve of a classic.

The “I have to put the players who arrived in the best possible shape and ensure that those who were already find their best shape” that Gallardo pronounced a few days ago is the biggest of your challenges mamushka: you need to achieve that optimal leveling what he achieved with Palavecino either Simon spread to other cases.

The pain of River post Sarmiento (Marcelo Carroll).

Although with the difficulties that the urgency entails: the zigzags -for example- they took Borja to play the 90′ ​​against Sarmiento even when the coaching staff understood him as a risk. Because the Colombian had not completed a game for more than a month and because he is also going through the same adaptation process as a Rodrigo Allendro who has recognized that the rhythm of the game -and of training sessions- of River it leaves you depleted, exhausted, even “drowned.”

The case of the former Colón is aligned with that of MAB: Also due to the lack of answers, the DT should have included it without it having acclimatized yet.. And although his talent was not out of tune against Barracas or Gimnasia, the change of pace would end up taking its toll on the court. It would not be strange if the fluctuations in performance persisted, another reinforcement like Solari should also take the field to provide answers. And that the hasty inclusion process ends up wearing him out.

Therein lies the great complexity of this new reissue: Gallardo needs the team to acquire the basic characteristics of his labelbut in order to stabilize football, he first needs to have his twenty-five or twenty-six footballers with the same vigor. And all in full competition. That is why the coaching staff seeks to maximize the possibility of training with the full week. This has allowed to intensify the work globally, specifically benefiting the laggards.

Now, the general conjuncture is made up of different subsets. The cases of Borja, Aliendro or Solari are not the same than those of De la Cruz, Quintero, Martínez or Díaz. “The year and the compressed calendar put us all in the same bag, without rest and without preparation according to how we want to play,” the deté said a few days ago, referring to one of the inconveniences that explain the macro context.

a calendar problem

The reinforcements in the River Camp (photo River).

The reinforcements in the River Camp (photo River).

Although it is true that the 27 First Division teams are governed by the same competitive almanac and that many hastened their rearrangement trying to tone up before the restart of the competition, it is also true that River began its second quarter of 2022 with four starting footballers affected by different commitments of selections: Paulo Diaz, David Martinez and Nicolas de la Cruz. And that two of them had to recover after the difficult post-tour jet-lag in Asia and the Middle East, with direct consequences in the series against Vélez.

El Negro, for example, made two errors in the play that led to the penalty that Janson turned into an elimination goal and the Chilean ended up wearing himself out: he had to stop due to hip synovitis.

maybe in that line De la Cruz and Quintero have as a point of contact the expectation that they generate due to their potential but that they have not validated. Nico, possibly affected by the lack of definition about his future, suffers fluctuations in performance. And the Colombian will have to give evidence to those peaks of creativity that he showed in the ST against Sarmiento, while he continues to pay in the game for two years in the undemanding Chinese league.

But the rematch is not far away: against an Independiente that appears as a (new) ideal relaunch scenario so that the year -which has a maximum of 20 games left counting CA- is not so long.

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