The first of those setbacks was in the first leg against Vélez, when Núñez’s club was defeated 1-0 on their visit to Liniers, a trend that would repeat itself last Sunday in the League against Huracán (3-2 against ).
The team led by Marcelo Gallardo, who certified a brilliant group stage in the Libertadores, has not started the local tournament on the right foot, standing in 12th place after six games played.
Aware that he has no margin for error, Gallardo will line up his gala eleven this Wednesday, in a match that will mean Julián Álvarez’s final goodbye to River Plate.
The young star of the ‘Millionaire’, who will head to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, is just one goal away from reaching Santos Borré as the top scorer of the Gallardo era.
The Buenos Aires coach will also have the return of the Uruguayan Nicolás de la Cruz, absent from the first leg due to a blow to his right ankle.
Vélez Sarsfield, for his part, decided to reserve all his starters and lost his last league match against Atlético de Tucumán (0-1), for which he fell to 24th place in the domestic classification.
Liniers’ team, led by Alexander Medina, arrives with a minimal advantage to the Monumental match, after wasting numerous scoring chances in the first leg.
To seal his pass to the quarterfinals of the Libertadores, Medina could enter Diego Godín in the axis of the defense, repeating the rest of the players who beat River a week ago.
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The entrance River Plate and the need to dispel ghosts in the Libertadores was first published in diary TODAY.