After 89 days, River’s coach speaks at the press conference prior to the match against San Pablo for CONMEBOL Libertadores.
After almost three months of pure secrecy in River, Marcelo Gallardo appears virtually at the press conference prior to the confrontation against San Pablo for the return of CONMEBOL Libertadores.
Here are his best phrases:
“It happened all this time because there was nothing to talk about without football for six months. It seemed to me that talking was too much. I try to do it when I feel like it and I need to communicate.”
“I work with a group of no more than 30 players, that is the group that is making up the CONMEBOL list. They gave us the possibility of adding 10 more places, but it seemed absurd. I don’t have 10 more players available and it wasn’t going to generate a false illusion to the youth “.
“So far we have done things quite well, we have been very neat and we had very few infections, but we are not exempt from what could happen to us. I am not going to expose boys who are not in a position to integrate an international list.”
“San Pablo is not to blame for having so many games and training sessions more than we do. We have to try to cope with it, that’s what we have to do. That is why we had intentions to start previous training sessions, because the players cannot be stopped for so long, that is the most difficult thing for a footballer “.
“The team will finish defining it tomorrow. It will not vary too much in what they are talking about. I can play with a line of three, but there is also the possibility of playing with a line of four and add one more striker in attack.”
“The Juanfer thing is very simple, he told me that he wanted to leave and from there we began to try to solve the forms, which perhaps were not the most verbose. We have spoken with him and I have had no problem giving him the possibility of leaving, as I am not going to have it with any player who presents a proposal that is good for the club. “
“Juanfer asked for a sports permit and then decided to go abroad to wait for his pass away from our club to close. I want to emphasize the importance and value I have towards the player and the person. I have made a very close bond and I wish him so best in his career, that he continues to try to show his talent in a league that we know is inferior, but that he decided to go play there. The memory of what he has given us will be eternal. “
“There was no specific offer for any footballer from our squad, beyond Quintero and Carrascal at the time. Martínez Quarta has not expressed his desire to leave as I heard these days and there was no official offer from any club”.
“If a player like Juanfer comes to tell me that he wants to leave, if the offer is good for the club and the parties are happy, welcome. Although for me it would be a tremendous pain because we are going to start a competition.”
“We are at a disadvantage because our football has stopped for a long time and also training. Other leagues have started earlier and are already competing. We will try to do the best within these possibilities that we have. We will fight, then we will see what the reality is. at Thursday’s game. “
“I ask our president and he doesn’t give me much news regarding the return of Argentine football so I don’t have many things to say.”
“Angileri fights for the position with a very important player like Casco and he has to be prepared for a situation like this. The idea is that he is in the best possible way for when it comes to him.”
“I’m not afraid to play, but I don’t want to expose anyone. If I have a player who is infected he will isolate himself and until he recovers he will not be able to train again. It is something we have to start living with. If we can play or no, it no longer depends on me. “
“CONMEBOL has been organizing itself and guarantees us the necessary security protocols and that seems like a good thing to me, but if you have an episode of massive infections, the pandemic would be telling us that you can’t play.”
“If I am going to compete with a group of 15 youth players because the professionals cannot play due to an outbreak of infected, I tell you no so as not to expose anyone. Everything has a certain limit.”
“If CONMEBOL tells me that a player who tests and tests positive cannot get on a plane, I will try to respect him. I don’t want to get into any kind of controversy, it is only what was communicated to us.”
“We have been preparing for five weeks to start competing. We had to reactivate without overloading the players and suffering as few injuries as possible. Playing a game is very different from starting to train after a long time of standing.”
“The possibility of going on the market at the moment is not easy at all. Mainly because in Argentine football we are all more or less in the same conditions. The players for River have to have a certain hierarchy that would cost us money, and money is what We do not have”.
“Now off the record is in fashion. Nobody is exposed to say anything. Nobody knows anything and everyone shoots without any certainty or clarity. In these conditions we are and we have to accept the rules of the game or they would not be here. They are the leaders of our football those who would have to give us a little clarity to know where we stand. I am not an idiot who does not know that we are in a pandemic, we are about to leave the country to play a football game and that was accepted by everyone here. “
“We chose the Independiente court because it has a playing field in excellent condition and it seemed like one of the options if it was possible to manage to play there.”
“The reform of the playing field of the Monumental, welcome. After so much suffering with that there is a possibility of completely renovating it and making it one of the best in South America.”
“I am convinced that we are going to fight, we are not going to give ourselves up beforehand. We are not going to speculate because we do not know how to do it. If I stop the team 20 or 30 meters further back to defend myself, I may lose. The idea it is to go to fight within the possibilities that we have “.
“Nor is it that we are going to go on a tour of San Pablo, or walk around the street. It is to get on the plane, go to the hotel, rest a little and then go to the stadium to play and come back. I am not afraid of it” .
“Football without people is horrible. The spectator is also part of this beautiful sport. Seeing the crowded stands, the fan encouraging the team. This context is very different, as we saw it these days in the Champions League matches, without the people there is the same”.
“My motivation to continue at River remains the same, the same desire I have for the job, for what I do. The challenge of continuing to evolve and learn, even in these abnormal situations. We who have to plan and give order to football management makes all these things move everywhere. The important thing is not to get off the axis, not to get angry more than necessary, there are situations that depend on one “.
“I did not become a Buddhist, but I have been doing a little ‘omm’ to be able to carry with the best possible calm what this context is”
“We have evaluated the football response in the team to which Moreira has gone to play on loan and we decided which return. We needed a player who can compete with Montiel in that position and he already knows what River’s demand is and what we want . He will have to demand a lot to have a chance in the team and he already knows it. “
“I am going to evaluate the first game and according to that I will make the decision whether or not to repeat a player in the two games, but I am not evaluating having two different teams.”
“In football, I think there is no exact science of what can happen. Normally, it would indicate that no Argentine team would be in a position to reach the possibility of being champion. But Argentine footballers have a character and mentality that many sometimes it resurfaces when it is seen in adversity. Any of the Argentine teams is going to fight, then we will see what the real possibilities are. “