CA Barracas Central – Match Report vs. CA Belgrano 22/02/20

The match between Barracas Central and Belgrano ended in a 2-3 win for the visitors. Barracas set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the attacking midfielder Valenzuela being allowed to drift wide and roam around the pitch. Belgrano played in a 4-3-3 formation. The match was marked by a lot of fouls and direct play. Both teams looked to progress further up the pitch when they got the chance. Barracas liked to be a bit more patient and played a high defensive line, while Belgrano sat a bit deeper. In the end, a draw would have been more deserved.


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

Carlos Fernando Valenzuela

  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 22-04-1997
  • Club: CA Barracas Central
  • Career: Racing Club (Y), Nueva Chicago (L), Barracas Central
  • Position: right winger
  • Secondary position: left winger and attacking midfield
  • Preferred foot: left

Carlos Fernando Valenzuela played as an attacking midfielder, but he mainly operated on the right side of the pitch in the first half while mostly operating on the left side of the pitch in the second half. Standing at only 167cm, Valenzuela is not the strongest but his short height does allow him to have a good low centre of gravity, allowing Valenzuela to glide past opponents and to be very agile. The winger has a very good acceleration, but is not able to hold his speed for a long time and is at best when he receives the ball in the half-space on the right, where he can combine with teammates or dribble past a few opponents before shooting on goal or assisting a teammate.

He liked to drop deeper on the right side of the pitch, which dragged Bruno Amione out of position before a teammate made a run in behind on the right wing and assisted the 2-1. Valenzuela has a very good touch which allows him to turn away from his opponent in one move. The Argentinian winger is able to get past a few opponents, but also looks over the ball to see if he can assist a teammate. The combination between his dribbling ability and vision in the final third makes him a very good player.

Valenzuela scored a penalty which he got awarded himself. He was very aggressive when he lost the ball and even though he liked to attempt dribbles, he is a teamplayer.

Rating – A1

Has been linked with Famalicão and I can see why.

Enzo Ortiz

  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 05-02-1997
  • Club: CA Lanús (was on loan at Barracas)
  • Career: Lanús (Y), Brown de Adrogue (L), Barracas Central (L)
  • Position: central defender
  • Preferred foot: right

Enzo Ortiz played as a right central defender in the match against Belgrano. He had good aerial ability and showed that he is quite smart in aerial duels. He showed good positioning and awareness when he played the opponent offside, which is what Barracas often looked to do. He came in front of his opponent well and looked aggressive when he did this. In the 1v1 duels, he was more passive and he waited until the attacker made his move. However, his reaction time seemed a bit slow and in these duels, he looked heavy-footed.

He lost a duel in midfield after which he got back into the duel quickly using his okay acceleration. As mentioned above, he could get into trouble against agile opponents. Under pressure, he sometimes controlled the ball badly but he was able to hold off his opponent very well and proved to be strong. He closed gaps towards the right well and always recovered possession in these situations. His long passes were quite accurate. Ortiz gave away a (very light) penalty though, and he was partly at fault at the 2-3, as he got pulled to the ground by his opponent who went on to score the winner. I think it should have been a foul, though.

Rating – A1

I think he could play for a better team, but I am not sure if that means the top half of the Primera Nacional or the bottom half of the Superliga.

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