Leonardo Ponzio’s farewell fell at the right time. Very few dates from the end of the tournament -seven-, that party could be seen as a distraction for River’s objectives. But to a team that seemed lost, something rare in the Gallardo cycle, he finished uniting it: a full Monumental -one more- to celebrate idols of all times was the perfect communion to arm yourself from within and go for the bi-championship. And the coaching staff, now, was strong towards the outside: “We never get off the fight“, assured Hernán Buján.
Until that last battled victory against San Lorenzo, after the falls in the superclásico and against Banfield, the team’s expectations were not the best. Even then, Gallardo’s assistant and his peers believed: “We never get off, we never give up. Always with our heads held high and working, which we believe is the only way to achieve things. We keep walking with look up to the end“He said in Super Miter.
Buján, like Gallardo and the rest of the CT, were present at Ponzio’s farewell. (Marcel Carroll)
“Ponzio continued with Gallardo’s message”
On the goodbye of Eternal Captain Ponzio, Buján commented: “Both on and off the pitch, it was very important for us. He continued with Marcelo’s messagewas the common thread between us and the squad, for that reason we will always be grateful to him and to all the great players who have passed and who gave us the opportunity to maintain that line with the locker room. And Leo without a doubt was the great emblem of that“.
“For us it was a great pride to have been able to participate and to have had him as a player. We felt his appreciation and support from the day we arrived. They were eight years next to him that allowed us to meet an incredible person. We are grateful to have been able to be part of his party, “El Pollo expanded.
Leo Ponzio, surrounded by idols from all ages. (Marcel Carroll)
Buján is not the only one who thinks so
Alexander Dominguez (el Chori, for soccer fans), one of the heroes of River’s rise, was also at Ponzio’s farewell and shared what Gallardo’s assistant said: “River still has chances to be championThe great ones fight to the end.”
Fernando Cavenagianother of the referents of the promotion, this one touching the ceiling with the 2015 Copa Libertadores, put the CARP well up: “The greats like River are always going to fight for the tournament”.