Saturday, April 26, 2008

River - Argentinos: The Preview

River will be playing Argentinos Juniors tomorrow, in what will be the beginning of the most difficult and exciting weeks of the year thus far: after tomorrow's game, we will be facing San Lorenzo for the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday, and then Boca Juniors for the Torneo Clausura.

Despite risking the prescense of several players in the Superclasico (Cabral, Villagra, Abelairas, and Falcao all have 4 yellow cards), Simeone has decided to field the following eleven players:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Danilo Gerlo-Gustavo Cabral-Nicolas Sanchez-Cristian Villagra;
Leonardo Ponzio-Matías Abelairas;
Mauro Rosales-Alexis Sanchez-Diego Buonanotte;
Radamel Falcao Garcia

Meanwhile, other key players like Paulo Ferrari (also has 4 yellows), Ariel Ortega, and Sebastian Abreu will all be on the bench waiting patiently for their chance. Others such as Eduardo Tuzzio, Oscar Ahumada, and Augusto Fernandez will be missing out due to being suspended.

Argentinos Juniors will intend to prove that they are always a tough side to get past. In certain ways, their 14 points this season may make it seems as if they are underperforming a bit, but they've always given River a tough time: they have won the last two games (2-1 and 4-1, respectively), while "los Millonarios" have only finished victorious once against them since 2005 (six games have been played since then). Our future Copa Libertadores-rivals San Lorenzo even fell in the hands of "el Bicho" last weekend. 'Nuff said.

What's the reason behind their success? The team is full of less-known yet potential players. Alejandro Delorte is a giant who is unstoppable with his headers, while youngster Gabriel Hauche is a very quick foward who is the club's leading goalscorer this season. Meanwhile, others such as Alvaro Pereira should have an eye kept on, for giving them time and space can result in a deadly combination.

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

One may be asking why Alexis Sanchez is the main character in today's preview picture. Unfortunately, the Chilean wonderkid is commencing to attract the interest of several European powerhouses, with Manchester United being the latest club to inquire about him. The British side offered 11 million euros to have Alexis play next to C. Ronaldo, Tevez, and Rooney next season, though the offer was rejected. Still, don't be surprised if Sanchez does not wear "la banda" next season: Sir Ferguson's side are prepared to make a new offer, while Udinese (his owners) are expecting to count on him starting June.

But Sanchez may not be the only player leaving at the end of the season. Augusto Fernandez (pictured behind the Chilean) is one of the main targets for several European clubs during every off-season, and this time it seems as if River won't be able to retain him. He could end up with Fernando Belluschi in Olympiakos, though Sevilla, Lazio, and Fiorentina are also interested in him.

So with Carrizo officially leaving at the end of this season, and Alexis Sanchez and Augusto Fernandez having good chances of departing, all "millo" fans are already starting to miss them. For now, River is one the right path in both continental and league play. Will we be able to do so again next season with a demolished squad?


Anonymous said...

Do you know, where Carrizo will move?

loes said...

Carrizo is going to Lazio Roma!
So, that's Italy :)
Don't like it :(

Anonymous said...

ahhhh, he got the passport for italy now?


Locoxriver said...

Not necessarily: I heard that Lazio freed up a foreign spot, so regardless of his passport status he will be joining the Italian team at the end of the season.