Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Arsenal - River: The Preview

River Plate and Arsenal will be facing each other tomorrow in what will be the first leg of one of the two Semi-Final matches of the Copa Sudamericana 2007. Regardless of who qualifies, there is guaranteed to be one Argentine team in the final of the International tournament (though we obviously will be rooting just for River!).

The big question flowing around this whole week was whether Diego Buonanotte or Mauro Rosales would start. Everything seemed to indicate that Buonanotte would, but the tables eventually turned to the point that Rosales looked like the probable starter. Despite the two having equal 50/50 opportunities, Daniel Passarella surprised everyone today by including Marco Ruben in the starting eleven and leaving Buonanotte and Rosales on the bench. There has not been an explanation from the "Kaiser", but I believe it is because River have been lacking goals and shots in the last few games. Sure, both Diego and Mauro have tremendous skill and great passes, but who is going to put the ball past the net? Our rivals are starting to realize that Falcao is our goalscoring machine and have been marking him a lot more lately. If Falcao doesn't header/shoot those centers in, then who will? That's when Marco Ruben comes in. It may sound like a bad decision by Passarella, due to Ruben having a generally bad season so far, but it's an understandable risk nonetheless.

The following players will be starting tomorrow:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Eduardo Tuzzio-Cristian Nasuti-Danilo Gerlo-Leonardo Ponzio;
Nicolas Domingo-Oscar Ahumada-Fernando Belluschi;
Ariel Ortega;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Marco Ruben

As seen above, the "regular" players will be present, with a few exceptions: Eduardo Tuzzio will be moving to the right side to cover Paulo Ferrari (suspended; Danilo Gerlo will be a center-back) and Nicolas Domingo will be taking Augusto Fernandez's place (injured).

Arsenal will be missing defensive midfielder Andres San Martin, but will still have dangerous players on the team: Jose Luis Calderon has been scoring goals ever since he came out of his baby crib, and is the key player on their squad. Besides him, there could be other surprises: defenders Matellan and Gandolfi scored both of Arsenal's goals vs. River in their 2-1 win over us in the Apertura, proving that any player can have a glorious day.

The match will be shown live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 3:30 PM Pacific / 6:30 PM Eastern Time. A tape delay will be shown on the same day at 8:00 PM Pacific / 11:00 PM Eastern Time.

1 comment:

loes said...

I don't understand Pasarella??????

but

VAMOS RIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!