The opponent was Belgrano de Cordoba, the same team that defeated and sent River to the second division back in June 26th, 2011. It was ready to be an absolute celebration at “El Monumental”, as River Plate fans and players were confident that it would be a positive start with a convincing victory.
It was the complete opposite.
It was an absolute failure from the first minute to the last minute of the match. River did show signs of improvement, especially on the outsides with the quick movements of Manuel Lanzini and Lucas Ocampos. Los Millonarios had the possession of the ball for most of the game, created scoring opportunities, but abused of crossings to their main threat, David Trezeguet, who was unable to capitalize due to the solid performances by Belgrano’s defense.
It is easy to point fingers at players for the mistakes they make. However, River has reached a point where these mistakes cannot be made anymore. Is it Matias Almeyda’s fault? Should he as the coach that brought the team back to the first division be the one found guilty? Is it the player’s fault? Should the players be blamed for the poor soccer this team is displaying?
Matias Almeyda will forever be in the heart of River Plate fans because it’s clear to everyone how much he loves the team, for everything he’s done as a player and as a coach. Still, should he be judged by how much he’s given to the club or by how he’s managing the club? Personally, I don’t think Almeyda has the knowledge or experience as a coach to get River Plate to the place where it needs to go. If the team continues to play the way it has in the next couple of games, a change of coach may be the answer.