Marcelo Gallardo must define who will accompany Paulo Díaz in the central defense against Racing and the experienced defender is positioned as the maximum candidate.
In a few hours, River will be playing one of the most important games of the semester against Racing. By the rival? No. Because if he draws or wins, the Professional League champion will be consecrated four dates in advance, something more than valuable in Argentine football. The Monumental Stadium will look full and it is already prepared for a movie reception and the one who still has to finish preparing the team is Marcelo Gallardo.
Regarding injuries and casualties, it was again a busy week in River as a result of the elbow dislocation of Enzo Pérez and the suspension due to accumulation of yellows by Milton Casco and Bruno Zuculini. If to that is added that Fabrizio Angileri and Benjamin Rollheiser They have not yet received medical discharge, they total five casualties for this match against Racing and that’s why Gallardo will have to rearm the defense by not having any of his two left backs.
Maidana or Pinola?
Although it is not yet confirmed, the strongest possibility that the Doll analyzes is to leave Robert Rojas on the right back, Paulo Díaz on the central back and move David Martínez to the left back, since he already knows about the Paraguay National Team. And with this positional shift, there is a gap in the defense that will be filled by Javier Pinola or Jonatan Maidana, with a slight advantage for the latter.
Jony played almost the entire game against Patronato due to Felipe Peña’s injury and also played the entire second half against Talleres in Córdoba with a very high level after having been almost two months without seeing minutes for a tear. Although Pinola’s chance is latent for Paulo Díaz to continue as the first central marker and there is another left-handed defender, it is Maidana who bites to the end to be the starter.