It was the great investment in tactical innovation that he tried Marcelo gallardo during the visit to Morumbí. Now without Juanfer Quintero or Nacho Scocco among his cards, with Lucas Pratto injured and Milton Casco (important when using a line of three and lanes) with coronavirus, the doll chose a three-point schedule in his River. And one of them was Julian Alvarez, 20-year-old from Río Segundo.
The forward became the millionaire’s big figure in 2-2 against St. Paul in Brazil. He scored the second goal, after a pass from Martínez Quarta, with a powerful and high shot. And he gave an assist to Borré, after an exquisite filtered pass from Matías Suárez, for the 1-1 draw. But for the technical manager, it was no surprise. The young striker, who can also fly, is one of his weaknesses. It was explained by DT himself in January last year, when Álvarez stood out in the Under 23 team that got the ticket to the Olympics in Tokyo
“He is a player that the coaches love. For his quality, for his generosity, for his evil. Every coaching staff wants it. He is a very young boy and has a long journey ahead of him “he said then. And his opinion attracted attention because under his guidance it did not have such continuity. It seems like the time is right …
But trust actually has a long history. It’s the same youth as He put all his faith into filming it in the last two Copa Libertadores finals: 2018 played 23 minutes before Boca in Madrid, nothing less than in the most important duel between clubs in history, and 2019 went in for 22 minutes in front of Flamengo, in Lima, the meeting that in River continues to regret as the victory slipped out of hand two minutes before the end of the match.
Does Gallardo Álvarez appreciate that much? The answer is yes, and the fact that he has included it at least for a while in each of the last two Libertadores finals reflects this perfectly, especially if it is noted that the puppet has at least sixteen players from known in his establishment. About Cordovan saw no more action so far it was just because he plays forward and the competition the position was brutal: in that position they were too Rafael Borré, Matías Suárez, Ignacio Scocco and Lucas Pratto. When Nacho emigrated and the bear moved, Álvarez saw the track released. And flew …
Aware of this circumstance, and since he trusts much in the virtues of youth, Gallardo used it more than once in the middle of the track. For example, he expressed it as a kind eight seven in front of gymnastics and Fencing La Plata, the afternoon of September 28, 2019 when River beat the team with Diego Maradona by 2 to 0. And in the same position, he included him in front of Flamengo instead of an exhausted Ignacio Fernández, in order to fulfill the double mission of injury on that side and go back to control the climbs of Filipe Luis and the encounters with the Brazilian with the Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaeta, who moved a lot along that road. Many analysts believe that Gallardo was wrong with this change, but the truth is Álvarez did not negatively affect River’s play and that chain of responsibility the fall began with a ball that Pratto lost in three quarters of the course from Flamengo.
Álvarez, who made his debut in the first division on October 27, 2018 in a 1 to 0 victory over Aldosivi at Monumental, He played 24 matches between the Copa Libertadores, the Superliga and the Copa Argentina and scored three goals. He has already celebrated three titles as part of the main squad: Libertadores 2018 against Boca, Recopa 2019 against Atlético Paranaense and Argentina Cup 2019 against Central Córdoba from Santiago del Estero.
Born in Calchín, a town in Cordovan with just over 3,000 inhabitants located next to Provincial Road 13, He came to the river in January 2016 and before he was on trial no less than in Real Madrid. He went to Spain when he was only eleven years old and made a very good impression, but he preferred to return to his small payment so as not to miss Mariana, his mother who is a kindergarten teacher, and Gustavo, his truck dad. It was also tested in Boca and Argentinos Juniors, but he did not dare to break away from his old men. Villarreal and Almería, two Spanish clubs, have it on the radar, according to what they say about the child’s environment. He has a contract with River until June 2021 and a acquisition clause of 15 million Euro.
A photo with Lionel Messi in Russia during the 2018 World Cup dominates the scene in the department where he lives in Buenos Aires. It happens Álvarez was one of the sparring partners who trained with the national team during the last World Cup. He also played in the U-20 World Cup from Poland last year, among the outgoing performances he had with the national team.
At the end of 2015, River went talent scouts to test players at Embalse Río Tercero and Álvarez apologized to everyone. “I did not doubt it because I was older and knew the opportunities would run out,” Cordovan told the official River website. In the same interview, they asked him describe himself as a player. And he answered: “I like more to play and be in touch with the ball. I reach the goal as a result of the game. And it comes naturally to me and does not generate any kind of pressure. I’m not a striker, I like to start from the back and play the whole attack front. I do not have a single way to define, but I do it in several ways. I’m not obsessed with being a goal scorer. “
It does not haunt him, but it has a good relationship with the network, as it was verified in Morumbí. “It is the first game after such a long standstill, all training separately. As visitors to the cup, we played a fantastic game and we won an important point. It was even, the result was good, it held us to the last and we could have won “said the young man, with Gallardo-libretton well learned. For something, his weakness is …
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