RIVER PLATE U20 – MATCH REPORT VS INDEPENDIENTE DEL VALLE U20 01/03/20

Youth Ratings

1 – Ready for the first team
2 – Good, potential to be first team
3 – Decent, could make first team squad
4 – Won’t make first team

Lucas Beltrán

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 29/03/2001
  • Current Club: River Plate
  • Position: Striker
  • Preferred foot: Right

Lucas Beltran lined up next to Luciano Gondou which allowed him to have more freedom to participate in build up play. In the first moments of the match, he has initiated the press by River Plate. This pressure allowed him to recover the ball in dangerous areas high up the field.

He drops deeper to offer support to the midfield. He positioned himself between the lines and freed up space for other attacking players to exploit. He holds the ball up well and can beat his man. He also tries to stretch the defence by making runs behind the defensive line. His ability to keep the ball allows him to hold it in the last meters in order to wait for the support of a partner when he was more isolated and got in behind.

His movement was good but without the support of a partner, he could find himself isolated and he was not able to make these attacks end with good chances.

Rating: 2

He brings an intensity which disturbs the opposing team and allows him to vary his game in build up play and create danger. He is one of the best players on this U20 team and should see his playing time with the first team increase in the coming months.

Elías López

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 08/07/2000
  • Current Club: River Plate
  • Position: Right back
  • Preferred foot: Right

Elias Lopez is an offensive right back. His activity on the right side disrupts the defensive line of the Independiente Del Valle and was dangerous.

With freedom on his wing, he offers wide options on his corridor and wanted to drive the ball up field. He linked with his teammates down his wing well. He adjusts his positioning according to these teammates and he likes to bring the energy. Also he can occupy a half space position to fix and spread play.

His high positioning offers attacking support, he provides width and with this ability to keep the ball and dribble in the final third, he can put himself in an advantageous positions. His right foot is precise and allows him to create good chances through his crossing.

During the match, he was sometimes too committed, lacking control in his defensive actions. His lack of control earned him a red card at the 86th minutes and tarnished an otherwise strong performance.

Rating: 2

The characteristics of Elias Lopez make him a very interesting player for his attacking contribution. A committed player who must better manage his frustration and his concentration in order not to lose his head.

Tomás Galván

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Argentina
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 11/04/2000
  • Current Club: River Plate
  • Position: Attacking midfielder
  • Preferred foot: Right

Tomas Galvan is an attacking midfielder who adjusts his positioning to combine with his partners. A player who brings presence and opens passing lanes in the final third.

He could be found between the lines where he completed combination play but also across the width compensating the movements of the wingers to variate the solution. He frees up spaces and also brings presence with good movements behind the defensive lane to occupy the defence. It was his throughball to Lucas Beltran that he won the penalty off. His activity and his runs in the area disrupted the solid defence of the Independiente del Valle.

Rating: 2

A dangerous player who knows when and where to attack the space to be in an advantageous position which allows him to be in a position to score but also to create chances for others. This quality of playing quickly and efficiently in tight spaces in order to be in a good position in the area.

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