Tuesday, April 24, 2007

River - Colo Colo: The Preview

Tomorrow's match vs. Colo Colo will just be an undeleted note on the "To Do List". Colo Colo have already qualified to the next round, while River has been eliminated. The match has no purpose, and matters a bit more for the Chilean side: the more points the get, the better chances of facing an easier rival the next round.

River will go out with an alternative squad. The team is expected to look as follows:
Juan Marcelo Ojeda;
Danilo Gerlo-Federico Lussenhoff-Nelson Rivas-Cristian Villagra;
Diego Galvan-Oscar Ahumada-Rubens Sambueza;
Ariel Ortega;
Andres Rios-Marco Ruben;

Minor changes may be made, such as Lima for Ahumada. One thing is known, though: Ortega will be playing from the start. The most important part is that he will be playing as our playmaker, something River's been missing for a long time now. Another player who is going to play is Ojeda, who will make his debut with "la banda" and give Carrizo a well deserved rest.

Even though this is just a match that has to be made up (and is worth nothing), I don't want to see that defense. I don't want to see Villagra or Gerlo getting another chance, and would be extremely pissed off if we finish off our humiliating Libertadores campaign with a "goleada" against us. Yes, Colo Colo will put several subs, but important players, such as Suazo (who scored vs. River in the first match in Santiago) and Sanhueza, are expected to play.

No one was planning on seeing too many fans present at the stadium. In fact, Aguilar & Co. decided to charge everyone (even socios/members) for their tickets. "Who would want to pay to see a match that is worth absolutely nothing?", everyone was asking. Well, many said it was a plan made out by Aguilar so people wouldn't show up and insult him and Passarella. For those who didn't know, flags against el Kaiser were taken away from fans before entering the stadium in the last few games. Pretty pathetic, right? Anyway, despite not being completely full, there will be many more fans than you'd expect. According to Ole, $25,000 pesos have been exchanged for tickets so far, and this is mainly (well.. fully) due to Ortega's return as a starter and as a playmaker.

The match will be shown live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 3:30 PM Pacific / 6:30 PM Eastern Time.

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