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Gallardo, in its purest form: his harangue in the dressing room of Al Ittihad, with translator, prayer and "winning mentality"

2023-12-05T22:57:14.467Z

Highlights: Marcelo Gallardo is beginning to make his mark at Al Ittihad, the Saudi Arabian team he chose to continue his career almost a year after his last professional job. The coach started off on the right foot and secured their qualification as top of their group in the Asian Champions League on Monday. The team, the oldest in the country of petrodollars, beat Iran's Sepahan, 2-1, and reached the round of 14 of the most important tournament. Gallardo, the winningest coach in the history of River Plate, must visit Damac for the Saudi league this Thursday.


El Muñeco wanted to touch the pride of the players of the Asian team. It was in the Asian Champions League, in which the team qualified first in their group. The win was worth twofold: they did it without Karim Benzema, their star player.


Marcelo Gallardo is beginning to make his mark at Al Ittihad, the Saudi Arabian team he chose to continue his career almost a year after his last professional job, his successful cycle at the helm of River Plate. The coach started off on the right foot and secured their qualification as top of their group in the Asian Champions League on Monday.

The team, the oldest in the country of petrodollars, beat Iran's Sepahan, 2-1, and reached the round of 14 of the most important tournament on the eastern continent. Saudi striker Saleh Al Amri (PT <>m), from a free kick, put the Argentinian coach's team ahead, who were without French striker Karim Benzema due to injury.

Iran's Ramin Rezaeian (ST 3m) scored the partial equalizer and Portugal's Jota (ST 24m) scored the 2-1 for Al-Ittihad at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium in Mecca. With their second consecutive win in the competition, Al-Ittihad reached 15 points and finished top of their group, followed by Sepahan (10).

The club, founded in 1927 and currently managed by a "public investment fund" run by the fearsome Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is delighted by the arrival of the coach, who reached his fourth game unbeaten, with three wins and a draw.

The day after the win against the Iranians, a video was shared on Al Ittihad's social networks with the Argentine coach's previous talk. There you can see El Muñeco in his purest form, as if he were in the dressing room of the Monumental but 12 thousand kilometers away, talking to his players and trying to touch their pride.

"Gentlemen, a winning mentality," repeats a passionate and fervent Gallardo, after highlighting the return of one of his players after six months due to injury. And he adds, motivating: "We want to be top of the group, it's not going to be an easy game. We grow, we grow as a team."

"عقلية الفـوز تطور" 🧠

🗣️ بهذه الطريقة حفز مارسيلو غاياردو النمور 👏🟡⚫️ pic.twitter.com/hXZ7xJxeJP

— نادي الاتحاد السعودي (@ittihad) December 5, 2023

After a few moments dedicated to prayer, with the players and the coaching staff huddled together, Al Ittihad went out on the field and ended up fulfilling the request of the coach, who after the match celebrated with a group photo as in his times with the Millonario de Núñez.

Gallardo, the winningest coach in the history of River Plate, must visit Damac for the Saudi league this Thursday, for the 16th round of a tournament that has them in fourth place, 13 points behind leader Al Hilal.

Marcelo Gallardo and a photo that he used a lot in his time as a coach at River, which he now moved to Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

After that match, the coach will have to change the chip of his players to play in the Club World Cup, a tournament to which he entered as a guest, as host, and because his team is the current champion of the local competition.

In a previous stage they will have to play against Auckland City of Oceania, and then, if they pass that stage, they would clash in the quarterfinals against Al Ahly of Egypt. On that side of the draw in the semi-finals awaits Fluminense, and in the final (if the logic is given) Pep Guardiola's Manchester City would await. How far will the Doll go?

Source: clarin

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