“There is no champion with 37 points”said Martín Demichelis after River’s victory over Boca in the Superclásico. And he reiterated it after the defeat against Talleres. So, the millionaire coach is not confident. Even if the five-point lead over San Lorenzo, the shooting guard, is good and gives him an edge, it is also true that it has narrowed compared to last week. Therefore, in the face of Sunday’s match against Platense, the coach is counting on putting in all the starters.
And throwing the best into the field would also mean going back to the sources. It is that after the plan with two forwards did not work against Talleres, Micho would return to the scheme of five midfielders, with Rodrigo Aliendro on the pitch. In this way Enzo Pérez would have his spare wheel and Lucas Beltrán would only play in attack, with the support of the three attacking midfielders, namely Ignacio Fernández, Esequiel Barco and Nicolás De La Cruz.
In this way, River would play with their gala team against Platense, who have just beaten Racing on their own pitch and although they are struggling for permanence, Demichelis does not want the team to relax. Although it was expected that there could be a rotation in this match, given that Núñez’s team will play a key match for the Copa Libertadores next week, the intention in principle would be to throw all the meat on the spit into both matches.
“We must continue to work with humility, harmony, respect for the profession. In football you have to win duels and be precise. I’m not saying that my team has relaxed, but I repeat that there isn’t a champion with 37 points, there are many missing. We knew the defeat after 10 games, I have no doubts that we will recover, ”said the coach of the millionaire after the defeat by Mario Alberto Kempes.
In this sense, what the coach is looking for is maximum concentration so that his team does not stop in a crucial week, in which not only will they try to recover from the defeat against Talleres and to sanction the leadership without complications in the league, but also manage the course in the Copa Libertadores.
In the top continental tournament, he will have a difficult match in Peru on Thursday the 25th – precisely the day of the institution’s birthday – against Sporting Cristal, in a match in which River will have to get a good result in order not to jeopardize their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 , given that out of three matches he won one, precisely against the Peruvians at the Monumental. The other two were defeats – and hard ones – against The Strongest, with whom he fell 3-1 in La Paz and with Fluminense, who beat him 5-1 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Between the league and the cup, River will play six matches in 21 days, and the coaching staff believe there is enough room in between to rest, which will allow them to repeat most players in those matches. On Sunday (at 20:30) they will face Platense, then they will face Sporting Cristal, Thursday 25, in Lima; on Monday 29 he will go to José Amalfitani de Liniers to play against Vélez; five days later (Saturday June 3) he will meet Defensa y Justicia at the Monumental; Wednesday 7 June, also in Núñez, they will clash with Fluminense and four days later they will visit Banfield.
These comparisons will determine River’s future, both in the league and in the Copa Libertadores. In the local match he will try to continue on the right path and that history does not complicate him, given that in the final stretch he will have to play against his escort, San Lorenzo and also with Estudiantes and Rosario Central, who are in the top six and in the continental competition , what happens in the Peruvian capital is crucial as they will then have the last two matches of the group stage at home.
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