Marcelo Gallardo was worried about the drought in . The Doll He had asked the youthful striker to kick the penalty against Atlético Tucumán to add confidence. They did not listen to him and Enzo Fernández was the executor. What the coach wanted was for the Spider will be friends with the goal. And the reunion was powerful: in Junín, the Cordovan scored a hat trick and he was the great figure.
Alvarez he had a month and a half without converting goals with the red band on his chest, in which he played 7 games (he was missing against Banfield and Talleres). His last cry had been on March 13, against Gimnasia in the Monumental and a penalty. The drought accumulated 663 minutes.
“It’s the fourth time I’ve taken the ball: three times I made three and one four. The goals serve to help the team and to continue building confidence,” explained the 22-year-old striker. And he added: “The goal that I liked the most was the second, it was a nice team play with a great cross from Milton.”
“We felt comfortable, we knew that the game was going to be difficult, on a difficult field and with a physical rival. I think we hit at the right moments and then we managed the times”, analyzed the champion of America with the Argentine National Team.
And he added: “There was a lot of talk about the negative streak and that’s why everyone came to greet me. They always supported me and told me that I was going to get there. When I was hand in hand with the goalkeeper I told myself put it in because you are still in the zopo“.
Julián has accumulated 44 celebrations in 110 games at River and perhaps his goal is to reach 50. The Araña does not have many games left: 3 for the Copa Libertadores and, at most, 4 for the League Cup. Then, the challenge of Europe will come when Pep Guardiola welcomes him to Manchester City.
“I’m calm, enjoying the day to day with my teammates, giving my best, as I always did. It makes me happy to give everything for the group,” Álvarez closed, that great striker they have at River but they already miss him.