This weekend was quite the one for the Boludo. Plenty of good stuff came from his predictions and he marches on to next weekend delighted. Here’s a little snapshot of the five best (and worst) things from the weekend:
1) Godoy Cruz’s performance
Yessss, against Newell’s who are unspeakably shit but their football was wonderous, not something you usually associate with what was in reality a 4-4-1-1. When Newell’s had the ball they slunk back into two lines of 4 and looked solid, but like a coiled spring they exploded back at La Lepra and countered with a mesmerising pace and vivacity. Sanchez and Donda were the dynamic fulcrum of all of this, Ruben Ramirez played the lone striker role excellently and it’s clear to see how they’re doing so well. 2nd place now, and if Velez’s run in the CL continues, they may be in with a sniff of a title. However…
2) Velez showing stuff of champions
Flying back from Quito in midweek, which is not exactly a short journey (think London to Moscow and then keep going) and with a CL quarter final this week, the thought of playing Banfield on Sunday must have been an irritating peck in the head of the Velez management. They rested key players and were frustrated for so long, but two late goals sees them 4 points clear now and at last, we look to have a side that wants to win this Clausura!
No, Esteban hasn’t returned but older brother Nicolas – a goalkeeper – was extraordinary against his brother’s old side River at the Monumental as All Boys pulled of a shock 2-0 win. One of those days where everything hits your arse, face, elbows or whatever and twinned with the fairly mediocre finishing duo of Funes Mori and Pavone, it was Nico’s day.
only went and spanked a 3-0 victory in a game most thought would be tough to call. Stracqualursi we know is a demi-god but the big performer was Diego Morales, two goals for him, one of which was a barnstormer.
Juanpi Carizzo may be (arguably) the best keeper Argentina has but he’s certainly no sprinter. Going up for a corner late on vs All Boys, they were caught on the counter but Carizzo’s ‘running’ never looked like putting him in the frame to save it, despite Juan Pablo Rodrigues seemingly being desperate to give him a chance, taking an eternity to pop it in the vacant net.
He did though, and 2-0 it was.
So there we go, the BIG one this weekend and a preview will be coming up 🙂