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Demichelis's River reinstates a debate that borders on mathematics: should we play at any cost?


The two goals suffered by Millo in the defeat against Belgrano came from balls lost in defense. What does the DT think?


has a central problem.

He was exposed again on Saturday in the defeat against Belgrano in Córdoba.



does not give the security that the team needs.

And in turn, a new facet was added that for now seems to cause discomfort in the defenders of

Martín Demichelis

's team , which is to play permanently from the bottom, a requirement established by the brand new coach of the Núñez club.

Enzo Díaz

's mistake

, which led to Belgrano's first goal at Kempes, reflects both issues.

On the one hand, beyond the misfortune of having slipped, there was an intention by the former Talleres to want to play out when the play might have called for another resolution (a rejection or even a touch back to Franco Armani) after being positioned with his back turned. to his marker after closing behind Jonatan Maidana and outlined to the right, his less skilled leg.

In the second goal, in which

Andrés Herrera

loses the ball, there is also an intention to avoid rejecting the ball in the first instance and then the full-back gets complicated only by going backwards with the pressure of Ulises Sánchez, the same player from the Cordoba team who he had stolen the ball from Díaz in the first goal. 

River fell in its second official match of the year.

Photo: Juan Jose Garcia.

So, the debate reopens:

should we get out playing at any cost?

Is it necessary to put it into practice even if you don't have the best interpreters to do it?

Is it a matter of time and work?

Does it give better results than going out with a long pass or a ball?

Is it just a matter of aesthetics?

For Demichelis it is a matter of probabilities.

And according to the opinion of the River coach,

there are more chances of creating goal situations when playing from the bottom than throwing the long ball or suffering fewer goals against


“I am one hundred percent convinced that if a rival comes to pressure you with three, you have to play out;

If he comes to press with four, you have to play out.

If he comes to press with five, you have to pay more attention.

And if he comes to press with six, there is no more short pass, the pass is longer.

It's already math


With the three above, plus one more, surely it is a heads-up.

One against one.

It depends on the phase of the game, it also depends on the rival, ”he said at a press conference.

And he continued his explanation: “Now, if they come to press with three and we have the line of four, plus a midfielder or two midfielders (six), plus the goalkeeper (seven);

If I shoot long, I have three or four up, against six or seven players from the rival.

I work on all probabilities


If we throw it long, we are going to score goals, yes.

And some of those three are going to beat the seven rivals, they are going to fight it, and they are going to keep it, but they are going to be lucky, so it is unlikely ”.

Martín Demichelis lamented the mistakes of his defense but benched the players.

Photo: Juan Jose Garcia.

Finally, regarding these situations, he stated: “I propose, we train, we try to look for an evolution, that things work out, and then the players decide on the field.

We are not going to be stupid either.

We have plan A, plan B and plan


Then the players have their feelings of security, trust or distrust, there is tall or short grass, there is mud, rain, rival.

I give them the options so that they have passes to play, then the players on the field decide”, Demichelis reinforced as an idea.

In fact, against Central Córdoba in Santiago del Estero, with the playing field

in poor condition

, the team did not prioritize starting from below.

But, on the other hand, the presence of Díaz in the team as a starter, making his debut in a position that, although he knows, is not his usual position on the field, since his great performance came as a left back, reflects the problem that River has in that place, which refers more to individual levels.

Except for

Jonatan Maidana

, who gave great signs of his category, but is in the last part of his career, it seems that since the departure of

Lucas Martínez Quarta

, River does not have a hierarchy in the rear.


Paulo Díaz

, nor

David Martínez

, despite passages of good moments, could establish themselves as undisputed.

And while

Emanuel Mammana

has the potential to become such a player, injuries are hindering him.

So, without being able to count on Mammana, Demichelis opted to choose a full-back who he wants to work as a second central marker, because he is left-footed and assumes that he has more skill and foot sensitivity to play from the bottom. 

This situation also shows that the very good transfer market that River made perhaps lacked the most essential position to cover, which was the second central marker, given that Paulo Díaz and David Martínez were recovering from their injuries.

But, without a name that seduces, Demichelis preferred to keep what he had and

bet that that

intended hierarchy will arrive in June.

In any case, these problems at the back are not new, but come from the last stage of Marcelo Gallardo's cycle.

Meanwhile, the recovery of Martínez is awaited, who entered the final stretch of the rehabilitation of a patellar tendinopathy in his right knee that prevented him from carrying out the preseason in the United States normally and if this week he responds well both physically and mentally. soccer,


would make him a place among those concentrated for Sunday's match against Argentinos.

look also

Demichelis, first defeat and the Gallardo mirror: from the devastating data to the wink that excites

Source: clarin

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