Matías Bustos Mile
03/06/2020 - 22:20
The Super League comes to an end. And he says goodbye with a last chapter of high voltage. A pure action. It will be a Saturday movie. Exciting, intriguing, dramatic, with suspense and strong emotions. The two biggest Argentine soccer players play the title of the local champion of the 2019/2020 season. One in Tucumán. The other, in Buenos Aires.
There are 1,260 kilometers that separate both scenarios. But mentally and through an ear, with an old-fashioned radio at hand or with your eyes on a television set, you will be expectant of each other.
The eternal rivals say, as has happened on several occasions, the title. River, leader with 46 points, will face Atlético Tucumán in the Monumental José Fierro. Boca, escort with 45 points, will receive in the Bombonera the Lobo platense. Prepare the throats. And hearts.
No third parties in discord. As very rarely happened in the history of Argentine football. It will be the tenth definition on the last date since 1913, when both first shared the First Division. Of the previous 9, eight were for points and one in a final: Boca's famous 1-0 in the National 1976, with a free kick goal by Rubén Suñé.
But this time it will not be a face-to-face confrontation on the court, as it was that time in the Avellaneda Cylinder or in the finals of the Argentine Super Cup in Mendoza and that of the Copa Libertadores in Madrid, in 2018, both won by River.
This time they have turn rivals to face, who will try to make it difficult for both of them. And before thinking about each other and vice versa, they must first focus on winning each one their match.
Ignacio Fernández and Carlos Tevez, key pieces of River and Boca. Photo montage: AFP
A fact to keep in mind: always the one who arrived with advantage to the last date was champion . The first six times, he xeneize ; the last two, the millionaire , who this time has just one point of advantage and a definition of visitor. Will history repeat itself or will Boca modify it?
Mathematics indicates that if River wins he will be the champion and will not have to wait for what happens in La Boca. On the other hand, if it does not, it will depend on the team of Miguel Ángel Russo not winning to see if he can go around the Olympic or not.
To snatch the title from his rival, Boca has to beat Gymnastics and wait for those led by Marcelo Gallardo to have another setback - a defeat or a draw - in the Garden of the Republic. The only combination that would take the definition to a tiebreaker, that is to say a final-is that River lose and Boca tie.
Rival technicians put more flavor on the football thriller . Atlético Tucumán is directed by Ricardo Zielinski, the man who made history with Belgrano in 2011, winning the Promotion to River and causing him to descend to the National B.
Now he will try to be an executioner again, beyond that the Russian will also seek to “take revenge”, since directing the tucumanos he lost a final against the Gallardo team: that of the Argentine Cup, in 2017.
In Atlético, the mood is warm. The bar threatened the leadership for having put tickets on sale for non-members and uploaded the tickets of the members without payment.
The fans received River in Tucumán. Photo: Marcelo Carroll / Special Envoy
This decision opens the door for River fans to attend. President Mario Leito publicly asked the millionaire supporters that if they go to the court they do so without shirts or any badge of the Núñez club.
In Gymnastics, the one in the substitute bank is Diego Armando Maradona, supreme idol of Boca fans. The Argentine star will be honored before the start of the game by the club xeneize . There will be strong emotions in Brandsen 805. But Diego has already warned: "I love Boca, but my heart loves the Tripero ."
When everything seemed to indicate that River had the road paved, the 1-1 of the Doll against Defense and Justice team, in the Monumental, gave this exciting definition . It is that Boca did not loose at any time, he muttered in a more ambitious team and pure thrashing he got a shot of the pointer, well stuck, withstanding the pressure of not being able to even have a minimum stumble.
As for Argentine football to have a championship close to pure emotion and full of tension. Also, so that the rest of the teams understand that if Boca and River focus on the title, they will have to bend efforts to follow the overwhelming pace they can develop with their potential.
In between they both had action on the week. And long trips. Boca went to Venezuela without its three main figures (Carlos Tevez, Eduardo Salvio and Mauro Zárate) and brought a draw from his visit to Caracas in the Copa Libertadores debut.
River, on the other hand, was thrashed 3-0 by Liga de Quito, with an alternative team, made up of substitutes and youth, and led by Matías Biscay. It was clear that the last date could more than the beginning of the path of that international tournament that obsesses them so much and that in recent years it crossed them more than the account.
Boca fans wait for Carlos Tevez. Photo: Boca Press
Is that among the complications that River had in recent days, Gallardo could not travel to Ecuador and did not conduct two trainings either. The Doll suffered a fever and a strong picture of angina. By medical recommendation he stayed in Buenos Aires. Already in Tucumán, he said: “If you told me, that we were going to reach the last date with a point of advantage, I would have signed. We hope to have a great game to celebrate. ”
The question as to the team of River goes through knowing if it keeps the five defenders or if it takes out a central marker and includes Juan Fernando Quintero to have more game in the middle of the field. What is certain is that Rafael Santos Borré will return after fulfilling the suspension date for the five yellow ones, instead of Ignacio Scocco.
In Atlético Tucumán, Zielinski makes four changes and bets on the history of the squad. Cristian Erbes, recovered from physical discomfort, and Leandro Díaz, who comes to purge a suspension date, are two of those who return in Atlético. And Nicolás Aguirre and José Luis Fernández will also enter. They will leave the Monzón, Rojas, Heredia and Federico Bravo team.
In Brandsen 805, with Tevez at the helm, Russo's team knows that he does not depend on himself, but that he must still achieve a victory that at least leaves him alone with what was done in this final stretch. It is clear: if Boca does not get the title it will be errors of the past and not what was done in this 2020 with the command of Juan Román Riquelme in front and with all the positive changes of Russo as DT, who already warned that nothing What happens in the stadium should alter the planning that was done for the whole year.
And in this cycle that begins, the coach managed to find an eleven that will be on the court are a single change compared to the one that won the victory a week ago: the Peruvian Zambrano will replace Izquierdoz in the central defense, to have his official premiere in the Bombonera.
Above, despite the great present of Wanchope Ábila with consecutive goals, the coach holds Soldano so that Apache has more freedom to move in the last meters. The winning cards, as until now, are still Salvio and Villa, fast and furious when Miguel's team opens its wings.
Miguel Angel Russo and Marcelo Gallardo, the technicians of the largest teams. Photo montage: AFP
For those of Maradona, meanwhile, it will be a game in which they will have to raise the level of their last games (accumulates three victories), because they will face an opponent who can make a profit on the advantages that the last line of the platense team usually grants . They also know in Gymnastics that from now on there will be 12 finals to avoid relegation and that is why adding Brandsen 805 would consider it a valuable point.
River will try to assert its visiting streak in the Super League. In that condition he has not lost since November 2018. He has 17 undefeated games, with 13 wins and 4 draws, although to secure the title and not depend on a hand from the Maradona team, he will be obliged to win. His leadership in this tournament is based on production outside the Monumental. In a foreign rodeo he took 29 of 33 possible points; that is, 88% of the many in dispute as a visitor. And 63% of the points (46) of the total.
Before leaving for the hot Tucumán, River was dismissed by his fans with a flag on the doors of the Monumental. Those fans who may not be in Tucumán - some of them may, but will have to go unnoticed - and who will endure from Núñez or some corner of the country or the rest of the world where there is a fan of the red band.
And in the Garden of the Republic, the millionaire delegation was received by more than 15 thousand fans. That's where River will look for the 36th local league in its history, after six years without being able to win it , just before the arrival of Gallardo. It will also go for title 12 of the Gallardo era. That's where the Doll will seek to conquer the local tournament for the first time.
With all the pressure on the side of the millionaire , in Brandsen 805 they know that it is not up to them. That is why the Boca World was cautious and not challenging in the previous one. The new Russo cycle renewed illusions and the work in these 65 days is paying off. Nothing that happens should disrupt what is sought for the club in 2020.
And if it is an unimagined Olympic return at the beginning of the year, then it will be celebrated accordingly, with a full Bombonera, with Maradona on the field, with Riquelme in his box and with Tevez as Boca's captain.
It would be a historical closure for a Super League that can remain for a lifetime. Is that when Boca and River go for everything, nothing is the same.