Friday, October 19, 2007

Gimnasia (LP) - River: The Preview

After a fantastic display two weeks ago vs. Boca Juniors, River Plate will finally be returning to the pitch. This time our rivals will be Gimnasia de La Plata, who aren't standing very firmly on the standings, but have been improving a lot since the arrival of new head coach Julio Cesar Falcioni.

Daniel Passarella will be starting the same eleven that defeated "Los Xeneizes":

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Nicolas Sanchez-Eduardo Tuzzio-Leonardo Ponzio;
Augusto Fernandez-Oscar Ahumada-Fernando Belluschi;
Ariel Ortega-Diego Buonanotte;
Radamel Falcao Garcia

Although it may seem like it, the team will not be playing with two playmakers. Ortega will be a bit more up front, while Buonanotte will probably be a few steps behind him. Either way, this great duo will cause severe damage to it's rivals if they continue playing like they did in the Superclasico.

Two players that River must be careful with are Luciano Leguizamon and Ignacio Piatti. Leguizamon is an ex-River player, though he didn't receive many minutes (if any at all). He is a foward who can't stop scoring, and is used to putting the ball past the net for "el Lobo". Piatti, meanwhile, is a very young midfielder who is full of skill and good football. If our defenders are not able to contain them, both players will be very dangerous.

The match will be shown live on TyC Sports USA at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

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