The eighth was the charm for Marcelo Gallardo

The crown won by “Muñeco” Gallardo, the thirteenth in 7 and a half years of management, is the first corresponding to AFA tournaments, as he had won 5 for local cups and 7 for international tournaments.

The comeback of the “millionaire” team in this tournament, after being eliminated from the other two competitions (Libertadores and Copa Argentina), had a very high effectiveness that included eight consecutive wins and one undefeated that comes from the fifth date.

The previous frustrations of the teams led by Gallardo always had the same explanation: prioritizing the international tournaments that allowed him to build this historical process.

The first, Torneo Transición 2014, coincided with the South American Cup and the format allowed him to compete in both tournaments until the semifinals, when he had to face Boca.

At that time, the team was one point ahead of Racing, who was escorting him, with whom he lost playing with substitutes and with two dates left he had to settle for being second of that champion team of Diego Cocca.

In 2015, River fully dedicated himself to continental tournaments and after winning the Recopa, the Libertadores, the Suruga Bank, accessing the semi of the South American and playing the Club World Cup, the local championship that Boca won left him in ninth place.

In 2016, the team had a great change and the tournament that was played in two zones took place at the same time as the first phase of the Libertadores, but the “mil” could not access the semifinals after being 16 points behind the leader San Lorenzo .

The 2016-17 season returned to the format of the European calendars and River would be faced with the problem that in the first round: it was crossed with the hand-in-hand of the final stages of the Libertadores and the second wheels with the start of the same tournament.

Anyway, in that season, after a great second round that included a 3-1 win at the Bombonera to get very close to the leader who was Boca, he ran out of energy and had to settle for second place.

The 2017-18 season had an initial round overshadowed by the tour in the Libertadores where he lost the semi with Lanús and the bet on the Argentine Cup, which he finally won, which is why he was far away in the local tournament.

The second round, already in the first semester of 2018, had him with a bad start that did not allow him to get close to that first Super League, where he finished eighth, 13 points behind Boca, who was again the champion.

The 2018-19 Super League had, as it used to happen, a bad start because the defining crosses of the Libertadores that he would get in Madrid and that would take him to the Club World Cup were played, therefore the year ended with the team far away in the local table .

Anyway, in 2019, he had a comeback that stopped him because he started playing the Libertadores group stage, but finished that championship 4th. in the table without being able to get into the final dates in the Racing and Defense fight. The 2019-2020 Super League championship was one of the best of Gallardo’s team and he narrowly escaped after a controversial away game against Atlético Tucumán (1-1) on the last date, which left him below Boca by one point in the table. Telam

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