In Mendoza, and on date 5 of the Professional League of Argentine soccer, River Plate visited Godoy Cruz at the Feliciano Gambarte Stadium and took a hard defeat by 2 to 1, with very poor performances in most of its players.
The only one who approved was Julián Álvarez, author of a great goal, but the collective and individual level shown by the cast of “Muñeco” Gallardo was very low and, added to the great commitment that those of “Gallego” Méndez had, with superlative performances of Ojeda, Ramírez and Bullaude, among others, the outcome was tragic in football terms for “Millo” on his journey to Mendoza.
After becoming champion of the Copa América with the Argentine National Team, the boy Julián Álvarez returned to River, rejected an offer from MLS soccer, focused his head on the club and continues to break it: against Boca he left Romero hand in hand in the Unusual goal missed, while today he left it small against Godoy Cruz with a great goal included. Sure, it was not enough.
There are no longer traces of the great central duo that they managed to form: neither of them is in a good moment and today it was in evidence more than ever, with constant lack of coordination, misunderstandings and little reaction capacity. There is an abyss to Díaz-Martínez.
He was very uncomfortable with the presence of Matías Ramírez, who drove him crazy. Nor could he weigh in attack. He committed a clear penalty to Badaloni that Judge Penel ignored. Will it ever have the level it exhibited in Colón?
Why not Lecanda, Gallardo? The kid even allows you to set up the line of 5 when you have to play with all substitutes who never play together, but he has also already shown a striking sobriety at his age in the position, and he is also the center-back of the future. If not now when?
Neither Enzo Fernández, nor Rollheiser, nor Paradela, nor Palavecino: none of the River Plate midfielders reached the “6” rating in the match against “Tomba”, and that speaks for itself. Acevedo dominated the middle at their mercy, the offensive midfielders of the local team also and the “Millionaire” suffered more than necessary, even with the entry of Pérez in the complement. Gallardo should be very worried.