CA River Plate – Match Report vs. CA Independiente 19/01/20

River Plate beat Independiente away from home. Here you can read a tactical analysis on the match.

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Gonzalo Montiel

  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 01-01-1997
  • Club: CA River Plate
  • Career: River Plate (Y)
  • Position: right-back
  • Preferred foot: right

Gonzalo Montiel played as a right wing-back in this match, but he often operated more as a right winger, creating width for River Plate. He had great ability on the ball and managed to often play it into dangerous positions. For example, he played some good diagonal passes towards the edge of the box and gave an assist after delivering a great cross, in which he looked up before he gave the cross and spotted Rafael Santos Borré in space. He showed good link-up play as well and had good technical ability. Also, he has very good vision in attack.

In defence, he likes to follow his opponent, but does not put pressure on his opponent blindly as he keeps track of what happens next and behind him as well. He tracks the overlapping runs by the left-back as well and often did well to cover the whole wing defensively. He was very good at anticipating to whether he needed to put pressure or not. He did very well defensively, even though he got awarded a yellow card in the third minute when he was slightly too late in the duel.

Rating: A1

Ready to make a step up to Europe. I think he would suit well in a team that likes to dominate possession and to put early pressure on the opponent, while also being allowed to play high up the pitch in possession and contributing to the attacking the final third.

Rafael Santos Borré

  • Nationality: Colombia
  • Age: 24
  • Date of birth: 15-09-1995
  • Club: River Plate
  • Career: Deportivo Cali (Y), Deportivo Cali, Atlético Madrid, Deprotivo Cali (L), Villarreal (L), River Plate
  • Position: striker
  • Preferred foot: right

Rafael Santos Borré played as the right striker in this match and was partnered by Matías Suárez. He managed to score two goals and impressed with his off the ball movement. The Colombian was always moving into space and showed why he got signed by Atlético Madrid a few years ago. At the 0-1, he moved into the box at the right time and dove into the gap that was created by the movement of Matías Suárez perfectly, before heading it into the goal comfortably.

At the 1-2, he positioned himself well between the two central defenders before receiving a powerful pass, making the perfect touch and comfortably finishing it off in the top corner. The 24-year-old had some good link-up play but was sometimes sloppy in his longer passes as well. He liked to drift wide and was always active in possession to receive in space. Even though he is only 174cm, he did not have that much trouble in the physical duels despite being pushed off the ball by Alan Franco at one occasion.

Rating: A1

Ready to move back to the European top 5 leagues, even though I would like to see him play for FC Porto or Ajax (he was linked with both clubs recently).

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