Julián Álvarez is the best player of the tournament. It doesn’t hurt to say it or write it. There are no qualifiers left to describe what the Cordoba striker is doing in this championship, of which he is the top scorer with 16 goals. And the one he converted against Platense is transcendental: he left River at the gates of a new title and the first League of Marcelo Gallardo.
“It would be very nice to win the title with our people and in our stadium,” said Julián Álvarez, smiling, at the end of the match. But he was immediately cautious, as he usually is. “It is still missing,” added the kid from Calchín so as not to overdo the statement.
Who would have thought that that rogue goal that Álvarez made at the dawn of the game in Vicente López, when he went looking for the magnificent pass from Enzo Fernández and gently touched the ball before Ojeda’s departure, was going to be so important. It looked like River was going to have a quiet night. But things got complicated in the second half.
“It was a very difficult game. We couldn’t handle the ball as we wanted in the second half, ”Álvarez acknowledged. And, regarding his future, in which the covers of the Italian newspapers indicate that he may be in some important club in Serie A, he commented: “I live calmly and focused on River. There are few games left to finish the tournament and then it will be seen ”.
With the goal he scored against Platense, Julián reached 16 goals in the championship and positioned himself well at the top of the scorers’ table. In addition, he reached 32 goals with the River shirt and passed Nacho Fernández (31) to remain in sixth place among the scorers of the Gallardo cycle.
Despite being one step away from the title, the joy was not complete for River. Enzo Pérez’s injury hit hard. The Mendoza suffered a dislocation in his left elbow after a bad fall when he jumped to head to reject a ball in his area and will have a recovery of at least three months. He left the court in tears and was replaced by Bruno Zuculini in the 15th minute of the second half. Against Racing, Gallardo will also not be able to count on Zuculini and Milton Casco, who reached the five yellow cards.