Team of the week returns after another full round of Primera fixtures. Fifteen matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round two along with our Player of the round. All stats come courtesy of WhoScored.com, who also provide previews and live in-play match stats for all Primera matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it….
Mariano Andújar || Estudiantes
Keeping hold of Mariano Andújar was a vital piece of business for Estudiantes prior to this season and with three clean sheets to his name, the 33-year-old is already repaying El Pincha. Five saves in Sunday’s win over Atlético Tucumán has put Nelson Vivas’ side top of the table and the only side with a 100% record.
Gino Peruzzi || Boca Juniors
Boca were far from impressive in the draw away to Godoy Cruz but Gino Peruzzi showed his attacking instincts in getting forward and scoring the only goal for the visitors. Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side were still a little shaky defensively and Peruzzi’s place remains under threat but the 24-year-old will have helped his cause with a vital header.
Hugo Nervo || Huracán
Aside from thumping in the dramatic injury time equaliser it was another assured performance in central defence from Hugo Nervo for Huracán. The 25-year-old won six aerial challenges and three tackles but crucially popped up in the 93rd minute to score his first goal for El Globo.
Germán Conti || Colón
It is becoming easier and easier to see why many of the top sides in Argentina have been after Germán Conti as the 22-year-old once again proved his worth in a third clean sheet of Colón’s unbeaten start to the season. Dominant in the air and with eight clearances per game, Conti is vital to Paolo Montero and looks destined to move on sooner rather than later.
Nicolás Tagliafico || Independiente
The outstanding left-back in the Primera, Nicolás Tagliafico has started this season in terrific form and while his typically dogged defending is still evident, the 24-year-old is now having more of an impact further up the field. For the second consecutive week, Tagliafico has provided the assist for El Rojo’s goal and been as solid as ever in the back four.
Nacho Fernández || River Plate
Undoubtedly a factor in River’s strong start to the season is Marcelo Gallardo’s settled starting eleven and that has been made more possible by the form and consistency of some of those players that struggled at times in the Transición. Nacho Fernández is proving to be a good foil to Leonardo Ponzio in central midfield and it was his delightful lofted pass that created the goal for Lucas Alario.
Santiago Ascacibar || Estudiantes
Without his usual midfield partner of Israel Damonte, Santiago Ascacibar had to step up and provide the vital anchoring role during Estudiantes’ win away to Atlético Tucumán. The 19-year-old was his usual busy self winning back possession on six occasions but also playing an important role in ball retention with over 50 passes at a success rate of 86%.
Carlos Auzqui || Estudiantes
A match-winning performance from Carlos Auzqui fired Estudiantes top as the 25-year-old showed real efficiency in front of goal. Three shots on goal resulted in a brace but came so close to ending in a hat-trick, with Auzqui hitting the crossbar in between finding the net.
Walter Erviti || Banfield
Banfield have been very poor of late and perhaps part of the problem is their reliance on an ageing squad, however on Saturday, 36-year-old Walter Erviti rolled back the years to orchestrate a 3-1 win away to Aldosivi. The creative hub to the side, Erviti was central to everything that El Taladro did and capped his performance with a headed goal.
Player of the week
Sebastián Blanco || San Lorenzo
It’s been a good week for San Lorenzo and when Los Cuervos play well, usually Sebastián Blanco is on form. The 28-year-old’s sensational strike gave Diego Aguirre’s side the lead against Vélez but he was a thorn in the visitor’s defence all afternoon. With four successful dribbles and an incisiveness to his passing, Blanco makes things happen for San Lorenzo.
Nicolás Blandi || San Lorenzo
Nicolás Blandi almost fired San Lorenzo to the title in the Transición and has continued this season in the same form. Three goals from three games including the winner against Vélez on Saturday, the 26-year-old provides the cutting edge to Los Cuervos easy on the eye build up play.