This was the 2021 of the great teams in Argentine soccer

2021 left positive and negative balances for the big clubs in Argentina. With positive balances, at least from the results, they ended Boca Juniors Y River plate. With more doubts than certainties remained Racing Club, Independent Y San Lorenzo.

BOCA JUNIORS
He ended the year the way he started it: winning a title. In january He won the Diego Armando Maradona Cup and in December he won the Argentina Cup and the guaranteed ticket to CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022.

In between, of course, things happened. And not all were favorable. The team was left out of the Libertadores in the round of 16 on penalties, against Atlético Mineiro. It was an unfair elimination, with VAR failures clearly hurting Xeneize.

Then came the dismissal of Miguel Angel Russo and the arrival of Sebastián Battaglia, who was in charge of the Reserve. The truth is that despite the change in DT and an improvement in football performance at the beginning of the Battaglia cycle, Boca leaves many doubts regarding its performance.

To this must be added internal problems within the squad generated, for example, by the lack of commitment of two players considered important within the squad such as Edwin Cardona and Sebastián Villa.

Beyond the titles, It is to highlight the emergence of youth such as Varela, Medina and Zeballos, among others.

RIVER PLATE
It started from smallest to largest. Beyond the win against Racing in March 5-0, in the final of the Argentine Super Cup, the team was eliminated by Boca in the League Cup and in the Argentine Cup.

In addition to the defeats against the classic rival, Another strong blow was the one suffered against Mineiro by the Libertadores, where he was overwhelmingly eliminated after losing 1-0 at home and 3-0 away from home in the quarterfinals.

Then the team focused on the local championship and began to show its best version, winning the League Tournament four dates from the end with a Julián Alvarez in all his splendor. And as a closing, he won the Champions Trophy against Colón by thrashing him 4 to 0.

The most important news of the year anyway, is the continuity of Marcelo Gallardo in front of the campus.

INDEPENDENT
The year started with a change in DT: after the untidy departure of Lucas Pusineri, Julio César Falcioni arrived in his place. The balance of the year of the Emperor ends up being positive, although it is clear that Red had nothing left over.

The King of Cups qualified for an international cup (CONMEBOL Sudamericana) when the goal was to go for the Libertadores, but the lack of regularity made him lose important points that were decisive.

In the middle, the leadership problems, the lack of budget and a team that lost its hierarchy did not help the DT.

The end of the year finds him with the scandal of the suspended elections and with Eduardo Domínguez as a possible replacement for Falcioni in the bank.

RACING CLUB
A hard year ends. With Juan Antonio Pizzi on the bench lost two finals. One, the Argentine Super Cup in a single game, where River beat him with a resounding 5-0; the other, after falling to Colón 3-0 in the League Cup.

After the interim of Claudio Ubeda, Fernando Gago arrived, in a bet thinking about 2022, where he will no longer have Lisandro López, idol and great reference, who announced his dismissal from the club. At least from the hand of Pintita (he lost five games and won three games), he managed to enter CONMEBOL Sudamericana with just enough.

SAN LORENZO
Of all the greats,
It is the one that happened the worst in this 2021 that ends. He was ranked 21st out of 26 teams in the Professional League, and at times he fought to escape from the bottom of the table.

The year began with Diego Dabove on the substitute bench, a cycle that ended in May. Then came the Uruguayan Paolo Montero, who also ended up resigning due to the bad campaign of the team.

The Cyclone could never find a football course, the results did not help and the leadership was the icing on the cake within a year to be forgotten.

At the end of 2021, the Cyclone confirmed Pedro Troglio as the new coach, hoping to improve the poor image of recent times.