River Plate positive end to 2014

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.

The Argentine striker, though, offers a wealth of experience to the team. The 31-year-old says that he expectsGutiérrez to stay despite several offers from other clubs. At 29 years of age,Gutiérrez may see any opportunity to move as perhaps the last of his career.

Apart from Gutierrez, River Plate were also able to get the best out of Rodrigo Mora. Cavenaghi says that he also expects Mora to stay at the club for the 2015 season.

“I have faith that ‘Teo’ will be the day you start the preseason. What you choose (‘Teo’) is a personal matter and there weigh the family, career, economic. Therefore, what they prefer is fine, but I have faith that will remain with us. Nobody plays with what happened, what it was. ‘Teo’ had a fantastic year, is a great player, like Rodrigo, but I also had a great quarter in the previous title and then by the operation, played little, but came back and scored goals,” said Cavenaghi.