After a 2021 that lasted until December 18 and that ended with the consecration in the Champions Trophy against Colón, the team of River he had a well-deserved vacation. Some chose to travel abroad, others had more diesel moments with their family, but all with the common denominator of resting and recharging energy for a year that will be intense, again under the command of Marcelo gallardo.
After exchanging the suitcases for the bag and booties, it was time to go back to work. And beyond the trip to San Martín de los Andes, the place chosen to start the preseason, this Sunday will be a crucial day in a context in which the country is going through the third wave of Covid: at noon, the players will have to appear at the Monumental stadium and in addition to the usual medical studies, there will be swabs for the entire delegation.
The Doll Gallardo was in San Martín de los Andes to plan the preseason. (River Press)
Soccer is not exempt from the pandemic, which generated more than 110 thousand cases in the last 24 hours in Argentina. The positives are being replicated in the different First team and in Núñez they know that it is practically impossible for them to be the exception, taking into account the trips and departures of the footballers on their days off. And the Reserve left a wake-up call.
On the return to training, the team of Jonathan La Rosa, a brand new coach who replaces the Borrelli-Fermani duo, registered six positives (four players, one of the physiotherapists and a props) and also another member of the campus was isolated by close contact. Faced with this situation, MG will wait anxiously for the results to know with how many players it will be able to leave for the South.
There will be no reception for River in San Martín de Los Andes.
On Monday the 10th it will be time to fly to San Martín de los Andes, plan B after having to rule out the trip to Miami due to the pandemic. Beyond the fact that the fans will not organize the mega welcome they had planned to take care of the health of the inhabitants and tourists of the Neuquén city, the campus will feel the affection of the people during their stay in the middle of a special operation organized by the province and the municipality.
CARP will have the same accommodation as in 2020 (Loi Suites Chapelco) and will carry out training sessions at the El Desafío Mountain Resort property. As of Wednesday 19, the physical and football preparation will be at the River Camp in Ezeiza. Along with the negotiations for reinforcements and contract renewals, the leaders are closing friendlies and it is very possible that at least two will be played in Uruguay.
The new faces of the squad
Regarding the campus, there will be news: to sign their contracts in the next few hours as planned, Leandro González Pirez, Emanuel Mammana and Tomás Pochettino meet their new companions, while Flabián Londoño Bedoya and Franco Petroli They will be the two players from the Reserve who will practice with the First.