River and Liga de Quito have already qualified for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. And next week (Tuesday 20), at the Independiente stadium, where Marcelo Gallardo’s team will be local, they will play against each other to define who is first and who is second in Group D.
The Ecuadorian team has two more points, so winning or drawing they will qualify first. To access that place, River must win. But beyond what is at stake, Pablo Repetto, the coach of the team that for now leads the area, left open the possibility of taking care of footballers precisely in that match to avoid setbacks due to suspensions and / or injuries from the round of 16 series.
“Before playing against River, we will have to play two games in the local league. We are aware that we have the possibility of being first but at the same time that game cannot harm us for the future, “explained Repetto in dialogue with The net.
“I say this for specific cases of players who have risks of suspension or who arrive with an overload after the commitments at the local level,” he justified, considering the cases of Matias Zunino (is recovering from an injury), from Franklin Guerra and of Luis Ayala, with two yellows. And although the Uruguayan at the same time clarified that “this does not necessarily mean they will not play,” then he remarked: “We will put their cases on the scale when defining the team.”
How do you imagine the match? “There will be a clash of ideas between two teams that go out to look for the rival goal. One will prevail. Hopefully we can take center stage, “he said, although he clarified:” If we have to defend a little further back, we will. A statement that is tied to the style that his LDU of Quito usually proclaims and that could be modified in order to maintain the first position in the group table even though the game can be played without all the usual starters.
What games does the League have before facing River? The second stage of the local tournament will start, facing Deportivo Cuenca, on October 14, and three days later he must visit Independent of the Valley, one of the regular champions of the championship along with those directed by Repetto.
Liga and River already met on the first day of the Copa Libertadores and the Ecuadorians won 3-0 at the height of Quito. At that time, River played with substitutes since the following weekend he defined the Argentine tournament (he finally lost it and the champion was Boca). Marcelo Gallardo, who suffered from a severe flu picture, did not even travel.
Then the team at Doll it recovered with an 8-0 to Binacional. And in the resumption of the Cup, he returned with everything. They drew 2-2 at Morumbí against San Pablo, beat the Peruvian team 6-0 and beat the São Paulo team 2-1 at Libertadores de América. That day he advanced to the round of 16 and he left a great from Brazil on the road.