Saturday, February 23, 2008

River - San Lorenzo: The Preview

River Plate will be facing San Lorenzo tomorrow in what will be the team's third appearance in the Torneo Clausura 2008.

After two games played, "los millonarios" currently hold 4 points (1 win and 1 tie). Think River didn't exactly get off to the perfect start? Think again.. After looking at San Lorenzo's start of the season, our partial records look glorious: they played 4 games (two for the Clausura, and two for the Libertadores), lost 3, and tied 1. What's even worse is that they haven't even scored a goal in any of their four matches. Either way, the "Cuervos" poor start shouldn't be taken for granted. They have arguably the best squad in the whole Argentine league, and from one day to the other they can transform losses to goleadas in their favor.

The following eleven have been chosen by Diego Simeone to start tomorrow:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Gustavo Cabral-Eduardo Tuzzio-Cristian Villagra;
Augusto Fernandez-Oscar Ahumada-Matias Abelairas;
Ariel Ortega;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Sebastian Abreu

The confirmation of this team means the official return of the 4-3-1-2 formation, which hadn't been seen since Daniel Passarella resigned from his position. This proves that Simeone wasn't fully convinced with neither the 3-3-3-1 or the 4-2-3-1 formations he had fielded before, but it doesn't necessarily mean that he will stick with the 4-3-1-2 either. For now, though, this seems like the correct decision, for most of the players will feel comfortable and in their actual positions now (Falcao as a forward, and not a playmaker; Ortega in the center, and not on the left side; Augusto Fernandez being a bit more forward).

San Lorenzo, meanwhile, will have several different weapons on hand that will cause plenty of fear to Carrizo & Co. Andres D'Alessandro -in my opinion the best River player of the last decade-, was incorporated by Ramon Diaz's side in January. His constant jukes, precise passes, and magnificent shots will without a doubt pose a real threat. Forward Andres Silvera knows just how to put the ball past the net and will be looking to end CASLA's goal-less streak.

The game will be played in River's Monumental Stadium and will be shown live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 11:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. A tape delay will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports World Canada at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern Time.


Paulo Moreira said...

Grande River :)

una victoria importante sobre san lorenzo

Anonymous said...

Good win for River!

Aussie River fan