“We are going to work to get to the game on Thursday in the best conditions. A classic is coming up that is going to be nice to play.” After the 2-1 fall at the hands of Colón, Fernando Gago began to feel a duel on his skin that, a priori, will be very difficult for Racing. A man with a strong past as a Boca player, Pintita also experienced firsthand the experience of crossing paths with the Millionaire from the role of coach. On the Aldosivi bank he faced him twice, both in the Monumental and with defeat. Now, in command of the Academy, he will return to Núñez with the illusion of striking the blow and that the third is the charm.
With several forced casualties (Sigali due to suspension, plus Mena and Rojas due to tears), the DT will try to capture the teaching left by those two encounters with negative results against the one who today is the leader of the tournament and the one who plays the best in the championship . At Tiburon, where he took his initial steps as a coach, Gago visited River for the first time on May 9 of this year. And fell 4-1.
The greeting between Gago and Gallardo before the game that River beat Aldosivi 2-0. It was last August. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)
When his former team had no chances of accessing the next phase of the League Cup, Gallardo’s (the scheme was 3-4-2-1) opened the penalty account, through Gonzalo Montiel. With a 3-4-2-1, Aldosivi was in search of the tie with the audacity that Gago likes and tied with Malcom Braida. Then the team collapsed and Millo got three more through Borré, Paradela and Matías Suárez. Thanks to that triumph, River got into the quarterfinals, an instance in which he lost the superclassic with Boca in definition by penalties (4-2), after 1-1 in the 90 ‘.
LOST AND WITH ONE LESS FOR MORE THAN A TIME
On August 26, after lackluster performances, River won 2-0 (Julián Álvarez and Enzo Pérez), recovered his best football (3-4-3) and was only two points behind Lanús and Estudiantes, the leaders. The Mar del Plata box, again with a 4-3-3, fell unobjectionable and suffered the expulsion of Coloccini at 30 ‘from the PT, when they already lost 0-1. “It was not only River’s hierarchy: we had to play with one less against a very complicated opponent. We had key errors that did not give us confidence when we were 11 against 11,” Pintita analyzed post-defeat.
Sigali is low for the game with River due to accumulation of yellows. Photo: @RacingClub
MENA, ANOTHER SENSITIVE ABSENCE FOR THIS MATCH
After this experience, of course with a team of more hierarchy than the Shark, Gago evaluates whether he will leave a line of four or put a line of three / five in the Monumental. In the middle he will have to rearm a defense that, in addition to Sigali, will again be missing a strut like Eugenio Mena, who recovers from a tear in the biceps femoris in his left leg and could only reappear on the last date, against Godoy Cruz, in Mendoza. In the defeat against Sabalero, his replacement was the youth Fernando Prado.