It is not one of those traditional cup tours to play with the Libertadores, but the River mini tour through Chile and Mendoza has a special meaning, which will have its own paragraph in the history of the club because it will mark the end of the Marcelo Gallardo era. . For this reason, the entire team boarded the plane to cross the mountain range, including the injured, and an old familiar face could also be seen inside the delegation.
The first stop will be in Viña del Mar, at the Sausalito stadium, when this Wednesday from 19:30 they will face the Chilean team, with the Star + television platform.
After enjoying Muñeco’s last training session at River Camp, the players met this morning at Ezeiza airport to take the flight to Santiago de Chile and then go by bus to Viña del Mar. And as a group of fans took advantage of the opportunity to take selfies appeared Leonardo Ponzio with your suitcase
Although the presence of the former River captain and the most successful player in history surprised the fans, it is no coincidence. Far from being a mere luxury guest for the Muñeco farewell, Leo is preparing to officially join the Technical Secretariat he leads Enzo Francescoli and will take advantage of these two friendlies to be close to former teammates again and thus begin the transition operation pending the arrival of the new coach, who will surely be Martin Demichelis.
As for football, River has run out of air tickets available because Marcelo Gallardo, with the exception of Franco Armani and Nicolás de la Cruz, who are preparing to play the World Cup respectively with Argentina and Uruguay, has decided to include in the away match that will close the its glorious cycle to all members of the campus.
The injured Rodrigo Aliendro (facial fracture), Elías Gómez (meniscus surgery) and David Martínez (patellar enthesitis) also joined. Instead, it will be necessary to see if Paulo Díaz will play both matches or if he will be preserved due to the fact that in the last few hours he has been called up for two friendlies with the Chilean national team, against Poland (November 16 in Warsaw) and Slovakia (on 20, in Bratislava. ).
+ Probable lineups +
colo colo: Omar Carabali; Maximiliano Falcón, Matías Zaldivia and Emialino Amor; Jeyson Rojas, Estéban Pavez, Marcos Rojas, Vicente Pizarro and Gabriel Suazo; Marcos Bolados and Juan Martin Lucero. DT: Gustavo Quinteros.
River Plate: Ezequiel Centurion; Andrés Herrera, Emanuel Mammana, Paulo Díaz or Javier Pinola and Milton Casco; Enzo Pérez, Agustín Palavecino, Pablo Solari and Esequiel Barco or Santiago Simón; Lucas Beltran and Miguel Borja. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
Camp: Sausalito, in Viña del Mar.
Starting time: 19:30 (Argentine time).
TV: Stella +.