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River Plate failed to get a win for the second consecutive match after the 2-2 draw with Quilmes at home. This was preceded by a 2-0 defeat against San Jose in the Copa Libertadores. River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo had taken a lot of precaution ahead of the match against San Jose.

This even involved the players taking a dose of Viagra in order to overcome the high-altitude problems. This failed to prevent a 2-0 loss and the aftermath of this defeat has been difficult. The club and its players were not at 100% againstQuilmes. It will take time for them to recover fully from the visit to Bolivia.

Gallardo says that the team should start playing more adventurous and ambitious football if they are to return to winning ways. The club take onBelgrano in the next league match. A victory for River Plate is absolutely essential if they are to challenge for the title. The club has taken only four points from the opening two matches. Since their start to the Copa Libertadores campaign has also not been great with the opening group game defeat, River Plate will have to recover quickly before the next game againstTigres UANL, who currently lead the table.

River Plate had a positive ending to 2014 after failing to win only one out of the last five matches.

A major reason behind this form was Colombian striker Teófilo Gutiérrez, who managed to score 10 goals in the 13 league matches last season. Even though these goals did not help River Plate win the title, it was a major step towards getting the club back to the glory days. River Plate finished just two points behind Racing Club after the end of the 19 game league campaign. Most of the goals scored by Gutiérrez came in the months of September and October. His presence was crucial for a team that were without Fernando Cavenaghi for much of the campaign.

Cavenaghi made only three appearances in the league and failed to even reach the five goals figure this campaign.

Diego Milito, the Racing Club striker, reckons that Gerardo Martino would be able to make Argentina a much stronger international team in his tenure.

Martino did not have a great time managing Barcelona and that’s why, a few people were of the view that he was not the best man to have been given the Argentina job, but, Milito thinks otherwise.

According to Milito, Martino might not have achieved that much success with Barcelona, but, when he was in charge of Paraguay, he was brilliant. He has a good idea how to coach international teams and it was a great decision by the Argentinean association to choose him as the replacement of Alejandro Sabella.

Milito, though, hailed Sabella’s work as well.

Speaking to a television channel yesterday, Milito said, “What Alejandro Sabella did was fantastic. But, I do believe that Gerardo is capable of doing a good job too. His record with Paraguay is great. He certainly knows a thing or two about managing the international sides.”

When asked where he sees Argentina in a few months’ time and if La Albiceleste would win Copa America title in 2015 after a gap of two decades, Milito said, “When a new guy takes over, he brings his own ideas and strategies to the table and as a player, it’s not easy to get adapted to that straightaway.”

“And, with a lot of Argentinean players playing overseas for different clubs, it gets even more difficult. The team gathers just a couple of days ahead of the match and the players and the manager don’t get a lot of time to spend together. So, it would take a little bit of time I guess, but, still, I would say this side can win Copa America with the experience that it has now.”