River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, spoke to the press about what he feels for not being able to play at the Estadio Monumental next Sunday.
The general feeling coming from pretty much all the River Plate fans is the same as Marcelo Gallardo’s, they think that Conmebol has stripped them of their given right to play the Copa Libertadores final at their own stadium.
The G-20 summit took place last weekend in Argentina with absolutely no incidents, which is an indicator that the match could’ve been resumed next weekend and something fishy is happening between Conmebol and FIFA as both organizations made the final call.
All the Argentinean press has expressed themselves against this call, which is viewed as completely unfair towards all the River Plate fans who paid their ticket for this specific game.
Just this last weekend as the ‘Millonarios’ played at the Monumental against Gimnasia La Plata, the very same corner where the Boca Juniors bus was attacked got completely filled with cops and no incidents took place.
This order reflected the contrast between this past Sunday and last weekend’s Saturday, it also sparked more rumors about the incident being planned by members of the club in order to distract the Boca players so they would lose the final.
Duras palabras de Marcelo Gallardo, técnico de River:
🗣 "La Copa Libertadores, muchacho… jugar a 10.000 kilómetros…"
🗣 "Recordaremos esto como una vergüenza total, le robaron al hincha"#CopaLibertadores2018 pic.twitter.com/8MTjHM5Frb
— MARCA (@marca) December 3, 2018
Manager Marcelo Gallardo spoke to the press after the 3-1 victory against Gimnasia, the media wanted to get him to talk against Conmebol for making this decision but he refused to explode at first.
Although in the end, he did leave a few headlines that indirectly attack the organization: “All I care is about focusing and using all the energy we have to prepare the squad,” said Gallardo via ESPN.
“This is the only way in which we can defend the fans. I feel that they were robbed of a unique opportunity.”
“I want to tell all the fans that this group of players will do everything in their power to represent them in the best possible manner, with the only goal of giving them what they deserve.”
“We are going to defend them in the best place that we can do it, which is inside the pitch. I am just as scandalized as all the genuine River fans who lost their chance to watch their club play in their stadium, and in the same conditions that we went to play at Boca.”
“I will not act in a different manner from which I have so far, I would betray my philosophy. It’s not my problem that the other side acted the way they did in order to gain an advantage, this doesn’t represent the River Plate fans,” he added.
— River Plate (@RiverPlate) December 3, 2018
“The decision was already made by Conmebol, it cannot be changed even if it’s absurd. Of course all the preparation changes completely, we are traveling over 10 thousand kilometers to play,” he continued.
“It’s the Copa Libertadores from South America guys, it will be played at 10,000 kilometers…”
“A day will come in which we are going to stand still and think about what just happened. Maybe we are going to remember this as a complete embarrassment.”
“Today it was us, maybe it will be another club tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter anymore, what matters is that the fans were robbed of a unique possibility,” he concluded.
Now that the decision has been set in stone with no chances of it getting reversed, both squads are programmed to travel to Madrid during the week and start their training sessions in their respective camps.
VÍSTASE SR. MARCELO GALLARDO pic.twitter.com/f4o08dPTH7
— 𝓡𝓲𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓭 🇱🇺 (@MachadoFabian1) November 27, 2018
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