River plate will be able to celebrate his title number 37 champion of the Argentine soccer league with only drawing at home against Racing, in the most relevant match of the four tomorrow at the culmination of the 22nd date of the Tournament 2021 of the Professional Soccer League (LPF).
The classic will take place in the stadium Monumental, this Thursday from 9:30 p.m., with arbitration of Silvio Trucco and televised by Fox Sports Premium and TNT Sports. The stadium will be complete, as the River Plate fans quickly sold out the tickets.
River is the leader, with 49 units; Talleres, which this Tuesday was beaten in La Plata by Gymnastics, remained at 40, and Defensa y Justicia, which won this Wednesday in Tucumán, has the same amount. Therefore, just by matching, the leader would get at least 10 away from the T and the Falcon, with nine to play, and then will be champion. Thus, the wait for the successful coach Marcelo Gallardo, who is one step away from achieving his first league conquest, is close to ending; So far it has won three Argentine Cups and two Argentine Super Cups, which are added to seven international titles. That is, 12 in total.
Against Racing, a team over which he exerts notable paternity and before which in March he won the Super Cup by thrashing it 5-0 in Santiago del Estero, the leader will try to put the finishing touch to a great campaign, in which he adds 16 matches in a row without losses (13 wins and three draws).
This River is not the opulent of previous years. He was shedding figures that led him to win the Copa Libertadores and play the final that he finally lost against Flamengo in Peru, but Gallardo gave the 2021 version a performance and dynamics typical of his label, and featured the appearance of some young figures, like the destabilizing Julian Alvarez, today probably the best player in Argentine soccer, plus Benjamin Rollheiser, Santiago Simón, Enzo Fernández and Felipe Peña. Álvarez, with 16 goals, top scorer in the tournament and with an imminent future in Europe, is the unbalancing factor of a team that redesigned itself and replaced the figures with high individual and collective performances.
Racing is in the antipodes of this River, with 41% efficiency. So far he has not accessed any international cup, the product of weak efforts by Juan Antonio Pizzi (despite the fact that he agreed to the final of the League Cup, lost against Colón) and the interim term of Claudio Úbeda.
Now, with the arrival of Fernando Gago (one win and three losses), Racing seeks a team appearance and performance has improved, but the Academy makes notorious mistakes that almost always culminate in goals and that makes a classification extremely complicated. . For Racing not starring in an international competition would imply a notable sporting and economic failure, given that without any copera activity, his income would be very limited in 2022, without the dollars to participate in Conmebol competitions.
River will not have Enzo Pérez (left elbow dislocation), Milton Casco or Bruno Zucculini (suspended), and would play the historic Leonardo Ponzio, who achieved promotion to the first A in 2012, won 13 titles, accumulated 349 games and 10 goals and is about to retire.
In Racing, Leonardo Sigali (suspended) and the Paraguayan Matías Rojas and the Chilean Eugenio Mena (torn) are ruled out. As is customary, Gago does not reveal the team, or the players themselves, until a few hours before the match.
In history, River’s supremacy in professionalism is overwhelming: in 175 games he has an advantage of 91 wins against 41, with 43 draws. The millionaire won the last three classics; the last, 6 to 1 in Avellaneda, for the 2019/2020 Super League.
Classification to play the Libertadores and Sudamericana cups in 2022
Argentina has six places for the Copa Libertadores 2022. Colón obtained the first ticket for having won the Professional League Cup. The champion of the 2021 Tournament will qualify directly. The same will be achieved by the team that stays with the Argentine Cup. The remaining places will be for the first three clubs in the annual general table, which includes the points obtained in the group stage of the League Cup (13 games) and the 2021 Tournament (total: 38 games). In this case, the third team will access a Copa Libertadores playoff.
Meanwhile, the South American 2022 will derive another six sets. One is Banfield (winner of the League Cup Complementation Zone) and the other five will emerge from the same general table. If a classified is repeated (by another instance), the place will be for the next club in this same table.
(Source: La Nación)