River presents the team he put together to win the Copa Libertadores

Like Boca, its archrival, River faced the current transfer market driven by his feverish obsession every year: the Copa Libertadores. The squad that the club made available to coach Marcelo Gallardo is much richer and broader than the one that swept the last half of 2021 first winning the Professional League championship and then the Champions Trophy. The criteria of the new River Plate president, Jorge Britomanager Enzo Francescoli and of course Gallardo himself was promote the team far beyond the needs of the local environment. With his sights set on winning the top continental tournament at club level again. And in the hypothetical hand in hand against the powerful Brazilian clubs.

Gallardo and Francescoli concluded that River lacked hierarchy last year to overcome the quarterfinal cup match against Atlético Mineiro. And they decided to go out looking for her. Without dislocating the numbers of the economy, they took advantage of opportunities and chose players with good footing to enrich the game idea. And incidentally, they reinforced some positions that perhaps needed better coverage. With the premise that in each position, the technician has at least two category variants.

The icing on the summer dessert was having been able to sell Julián Alvarez to Manchester City for 21 million euros clean for the club, the best Argentine player of last season. And in parallel, to be able to retain it at least until June and maybe until December. It was all profit then this pass market for River. For this reason, with the pomp and circumstance of the case, the new squad will be presented at a press conference this Friday from 12:30 in the Monumental stadium.

Beyond the fact that some of them already played a few minutes in last Saturday’s friendly against Platense, River will present all its new players starting with its most bombastic incorporation: the Colombian Juan Fernando Quintero who returns on loan for one season with an option for another on a free transfer from China’s Shenzen where he played between 2020 and 2021. Three reinforcements came from the United States MLS: on loan for two years from Atlanta United and with an option purchase of 8 million dollars arrived Esequiel Boat, that youth that dazzled when he appeared in Independiente. From Austin FC, he arrived Thomas Pochettino with a purchase option executable in June or December 2022. And coming from Inter Miami, Leandro Gonzalez Pires He undertook the return for two years with a position of 1,800,000 dollars and an option for 200 thousand.

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Another addition to improve the central defense is the Emmanuel Mamana who ended his relationship with Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) and He will alternate with veterans Jonatán Maidana and Javier Pinola. From the local environment. the left-back was hired Elijah Gomez, for whom 1,500,000 dollars were paid for 70% of his file to Argentinos Juniors and this afternoon there was an agreement with San Lorenzo for the purchase of the right back Andrew Herrera. River will pay $2,500,000 for 70% of the chip.

With these players on the field, River seems more than capable of displaying high-flying football, even better than the one that allowed him to win the two local tournaments in the second half by a wide margin. Last Saturday, from time to time, it devastated an impoverished version of Platense and This Saturday he will have a new, more demanding exam against Vélez from 8:00 p.m. at the Monumental. in this match they are not expected to play from the beginning, the new additions that Gallardo will gradually insert into the team during the Professional League Cup.

The coach will take advantage of the local tournament to fine-tune the collective and the individual for the start of the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, scheduled for early April and whose draw will be held on March 23 at the Conmebol headquarters in Luque (Paraguay). River will concentrate all his energies there with the idea no longer of going as far as possible, but of being champion as it was in 2018 after the indelible final against Boca. In Gallardo’s idea, the great opposition will be in some Brazilian clubs that usually spend fortunes hiring reinforcements from Europe. With everything he brought, he believes he can stand up to them and beat them. We will have to see what happens when the ball runs through the green grass of South America.

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