While River paraded in the League last year, a risk loomed in the distance that has become more visible this summer since the transfer was announced with a delay of Julian Alvarez at Manchester City: having a player in the team who ended 2021 scoring two or three goals per game is not only sensational but also At the same time, it could represent the future danger of placing all responsibility for the team’s goal on Cordovan.
And the good news in this first part of the year, perhaps anticipating what will be a second half without Spider, is just that CARP doesn’t rely solely on 9 to convert. A sample, in fact, was given last Saturday to Florencio Varela: as in the superclásico, Julián did not fit in the definition, but the team flyers appeared there.
By trying from outside the box or by surprisingly arriving in the front position, the midfielders have more and more goals. Against Defense and Justice they were Enzo Fernandez And Santiago Simone (which he first wet as a pro in his 33rd game), but So far in 2022, more than half of River’s goals have been shouted at by their media. And that, for Gallardoit’s “fantastic”, as the deté remarked after Florencio Varela’s victory.
And it is that the doll needs her midfielders to reach the goal position and make friends with the goalkeeper. Especially for the design that the coach has chosen since Álvarez began to reveal himself: that 4-2-3-1 with JA9 as the spearhead (which can be 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-2- 1 depending on the matches: the scheme itself is the least important) needs the effort of the mixed midfielders of the team. And they are doing it: Of the 20 goals River have already scored in their nine games this year, 11 were owned by their midfielders, six by their forwards and three by their defenders.
Simón, one who debuted on the net on Saturday (River Press)
Quintero made four; Enzo Fernandez, two; Boat, one; Simone, one; Of the Cross, one; Paradela, one; and Zuculini, another. Four of these were penalties (three by Juanfer and one by EF), it is true, but even so they represent an essential contribution in this part of the season, when River begins to play with a weak program and will have to alternate. For what, He has a very colorful fan.
Enzo Fernández and Palavecino, two who trample the area a lot (Prensa River).
It is certainly an evolution: in the first nine games of last semester not only had he scored less but the goals for the forwards were unbalanced: In the same stretch of the second half of 2021, the team scored 13 goals, including eight between Suárez (three), Romero (four) and Julián (one); and of the flyers only De la Cruz (three) and Zuculini (one) had been placed on the list. yes Now the media nearly triple that sign.
Of course, it made sense that the attackers had more firepower because River had started playing two steady forwards (Suárez and a Romero who had come to replace Borré in the same diagram), but even so now, with only one nine, he has more goals, as if to validate a maxim that Gallardo himself usually repeats as a mantra: Accumulating attackers does not guarantee that you will be more offensive or have more options.
In this sense, even the only goal Esequiel Barco has scored so far (against Racing, from outside the box) has been to play as an attacking midfielder and not as a false 9 or second striker by Álvarez as he had been against Gimnasia and Boca.
In the list of missing markers, for example, Agostino Palavecino, another of the footballers with firepower, who had a later semester start amidst flu and injuries. On Saturday, when he entered the second half, he showed that little by little he is getting closer to the version River needs.
“It is good that we are not only dependent on Julián’s goals and that the midfielders can transform themselves, that they often trample the area”, MG thrilled after the last game. A match, against DyJ, in which the player who closed several times was Enzo Fernándezperhaps the one with the most confidence for the goal: after Álvarez (21), EF is the River man who has scored the most goals so far in the League Cup, with 17 shots (two were goals and five of them hit the posts: followed by Simón with 10 and JFQ with nine), and also the second. which generated the greatest number of possibilities (20, to one of JA).
The Doll can therefore rest assured: when his scorer opens the door he will make more differences, but in the meantime his midfielders have given the team a leap in quality and efficiency.
Video: River midfielders’ goals in 2022
The probable formation of River against Alianza Lima
Armani; Rojas, Maidana or González Pirez, David Martínez, Casco; Enzo Perez; Simone, Enzo Fernandez, De la Cruz; Barco or Quintero and Julián Álvarez.