Javier Pinola was self-critical after River Plate’s draw and told what the team lacked to beat Arsenal

The testimony of Javier Pinola

After goalless draw between Arsenal and River Plate in Sarandí, he was the captain of the millionaire group, Javier Pinola, which analyzed what happened in the Viaducto field. It was a dull game with few emotions, but the experienced defender was one of the standouts on his team. After the game, he recognized that they did a good job and was also self-critical about the opportunity they missed to be able to cut points from Atletico Tucumanthe leader of the Professional League.

“A tough game. We knew it was going to be like this. On a field that is difficult to play, with a tough team that presses well in the middle of the field. The first one was not what we expected”, recognized the 39-year-old defender in dialogue with ESPN After the match.

“Then we tried with the changes to have more weight in offense because Lucas (Beltrán) was very alone up front. I think we had more control of the ball and the field, but we lacked clear opportunities, ”he expanded.

The best of the draw between Arsenal and River Plate

Pinola was among the salvageable of his team and in the first half he failed to connect in the area after a corner kick in an instance that could have ended in a goal. The millionaire captain did not give up, he ran back and his effort was rewarded as he cut an Arsenal counter that took advantage of the fact that most of his rivals were coming back.

Regarding his weak points, he acknowledged: “We lacked more clarity. For our way of playing, the court was dry and it was obvious that it cost us a little more. I do not put it as an excuse, but for our game it is the most favorable. But we will have to analyze it well and see where we failed”.

While he admitted that they lost a good chance to get closer to the top: “It was one of the most important games that we had to win, but well, it happened, we can’t change it now. We have to keep working and this weekend we have to keep the three points and obviously not stop any more”.

River Plate could not with Arsenal and added its fourth tie in the championship (Télam)

“We are focused on what we have to do and we must fight until the end because it is the goal we have,” he concluded, aiming to repeat the performance that the cast of Núñez had after the elimination in the 2021 Copa Libertadores, whose comeback in the local contest allowed him to be crowned early in the Professional League.

River Plate had more possession, although they lacked ideas to capitalize on that possession. In the plugin, the trainer Marcelo Gallardo tried with greater power in the offensive with the entry of Miguel Borgiabut neither He was able to break the barrier that Arsenal imposed on him, and although he defended himself, he also had some possibilities.

Given the previous equality between Atlético Tucumán and Tigre in the 0-0 draw in Victoria, this afternoon in Sarandí those led by the Muñeco did not know how to take advantage of the possibility of closing the gap with the Dean, who continues to be the only leader in the championship.

On the next date the second half of the championship will begin and River Plate will receive Central Cordoba of Santiago del Estero in the meeting will be played on Sunday from 18.


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