Frustration | River Plate: Argentina #6 | Football Manager Stories

Alejandro Hurtado and his River Plate side are chasing the Argentine Primera Division. Last year, River Plate bottled the league and Hurtado was determined for this not to happen again.

In the previous part of VivaGlobetrotting, we took a look at the beginning of the 2027/28 season. As you can see from the table below, we began the year strongly.

table-after-ten-games

We also had a cup semi-final to look forward to as we were due to play Villa Dalmine.

Over this post we will see how River Plate are doing as they come towards the final ten league games of the season.

2027/2028

Copa Argentina

argentina-cup-tree

Villa Dalmine completes a fairly easy run through to the final. And we proved this by dispatching their side 4-0.

cup semi

In the final we met fellow Primera side Argentinos Juniors. They were struggling in the league at the time of the final, and we showed this through our domination in the game.

But we couldn’t break them down, and at the ninety minute mark we feared the dreaded penalty shootout.

Our penalty shootout record in VivaGlobetrotting is abysmally poor. And we’ve already lost one so far this season as we were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores.

But as we entered extra time some superb link up play between Jeraldino and Luquinhas lead to this:

cup final winning goal

A goal in the 93rd minute won us the Copa Argentina!

Alejandro Hurtado was jubilant in his celebrations, running down the touchline as his players ran to the opposite corner flag. For a generally quiet and calm manager, there was no stopping him as he continued his run behind the goal-line to join his players in their celebrations.

It is the first proper cup success in VivaGlobetrotting.

We never reached the Chilean Cup final with Union San Felipe, despite our dominance over a two year period in Chilean football.

With Deportes Tolima in Colombia we did reach the final, but lost on penalties in a season where we also lost two other penalty shootouts in finals.

We’ve won the Supercopa Argentina with River Plate in what was just our second match in charge at the club. But it is basically the equivalent of the English Community Shield (so doesn’t really count).

Argentine Primera Division

As we saw earlier, we sat 2nd in the table after ten matches having lost just one game.

good form

And our early season form continued as we won 5 of our next 6 games. This saw us lead the division ahead of Racing Club and Independiente.

But, this is where the frustration came.

bad form.jpg

  • Games: 5
  • Points: 1
  • Goals Conceded: 15

Our incredibly successful 3-4-3 tactic has been ripped apart. The first loss against Estudiantes was really unlucky as we conceded a 90th minute goal. But from then onwards we were dreadful.

3 at the back is no more.

change of tactic

Back to basics. Alejandro Hurtado has rarely, if at all, played a 4-4-2 system in his management career. Even back at Union San Felipe during the infamous nine-game losing streak there was no talk of a 4-4-2.

To play this system a right-back was needed.

victor garcia right back

33-year old Victor Garcia was bought from Genoa for £200K. He is a good short term option as we look to revive our title hopes.

average form

1 loss in 8 games is a good response. We haven’t looked at our best in any of the games. Even in the 5-0 victory over Tigre it still felt like we had less of the play.

table after 28

We are six points behind Racing Club with ten games to go. This is not an impossible gap to overturn and we can be pleased that the gap isn’t greater.

Moving Forward

last ten games

We have ten games to go in the league.

But the fixture list will be more congested with the addition of Copa Libertadores Group matches and the Copa Argentina opening rounds.

Alejandro Hurtado has a very important few months ahead of him as River Plate manager.


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