Primera Round 18 review: Pity Martínez & Gustavo Bou shine while San Lorenzo smell a rat after defeat


Undoubtedly two of the greatest talents in the Primera have both suffered lulls in form in the past but Pity Martinez and Gustavo Bou have restarted the league season on fire with River Plate and Racing reaping the rewards.

Perhaps the victim of his own unquestionable quality, River Plate supporters have always expected more from Gonzalo Pity Martinez, and his tendency to go from world-beater to no-hoper has caused endless frustration at the Monumental.

Flashes of brilliance since his relatively big-money switch from Huracan, have all too often been followed by wasteful or anonymous matches and last year the 23-year-old drew the ire of the River crowd by celebrating a goal with a finger over his lips in an obvious reaction to his critics.

The turnover of players has meant Marcelo Gallardo has struggled to recover the level of performance that saw his side lift the Copa Libertadores in 2015 and while River are not quite there yet, there has been a marked improved since the restart.

Victory over Godoy Cruz in Mendoza was not only deserved but was a third straight win for River and at the centre of the success once again was Pity Martinez.

Two assists on Sunday demonstrated his creativity and passing ability but the winner last week against Belgrano and another goal and assist in the win over Lanus, show his increasing influence in front of goal.

River’s revival has breathed life back into a title challenge that had looked dead and buried at the end of 2016 and while Sebastian Driussi and Lucas Alario took the plaudits previously, it is Pity Martinez now shining brightest.

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