Team of the week returns with fourteen and a half matches to choose from so here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty-three along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. 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…
Rodrigo Rey || Godoy Cruz
Following their historic qualification to the Copa Libertadores last 16, Godoy Cruz returned to Primera action and were grateful to captain Rodrigo Rey for the point away to Defensa y Justicia. The 26-year-old made four important saves during the goalless draw.
Fabricio Bustos || Independiente
Right-back had been an area of weakness for Independiente but Ariel Holan’s decision to promote academy product Fabricio Bustos has proved to be a wise decision. The former winger has bags of pace and burst forward to score his first senior goal against Newell’s but with five tackles and two interceptions displayed decent defensive instincts.
Matías Caruzzo || San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo have rediscovered some form at just the right time and in Saturday’s win over Rosario Central, Matías Caruzzo proved to be the match winner. Aside from his well taken goal, the 32-year-old marshaled Diego Aguirre’s defence to grind out the win.
Juan Foyth || Estudiantes
Argentina’s youth sides haven’t been blessed in recent times with good defenders but Estudiantes’ Juan Foyth looks like an excellent prospect. The 19-year-old is with the Argentina under-20 squad in Vietnam now but before dashing off from La Plata, the central defender helped El Pincha to a goalless draw with Boca Juniors.
Emanuel Insúa || Racing Club
Racing’s habit of conceding goals in recent weeks will likely cost them a real title challenge but in Saturday’s win over Gimnasia, Diego Cocca’s side kept a clean sheet and Emanuel Insúa got forward well to help the attack. The 26-year-old crossed for the only goal of the game but also made six tackles.
Iván Marcone || Lanús
José Sand took the headlines with his brace in the win over Patronato but Iván Marcone’s contribution in central midfield was vital. Arguably the best number five in the league, the 26-year-old made four tackles but more importantly kept possession and built many of the attacks with an impressive 94% pass completion.
Emiliano Rigoni || Independiente
It is now clear (if it wasn’t before) why Marcelo Gallardo wanted to take Emiliano Rigoni to River Plate in the summer but thankfully for Independiente they held on to the 24-year-old. Ariel Holan’s quick, dynamic football is perfectly suited to the forward and with another goal against Newell’s, Rigoni is producing his best work in a red shirt.
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
Perhaps in comparison with some recent displays it wasn’t Pity Martínez’s best but the skillful midfielder was still vital to River’s 4-1 win over Temperley. Once something of a frustrating show pony, Martínez has developed into a far better team player and aside from his assist on Saturday, the 23-year-old made four key passes and three tackles.
Lautaro Martínez || Racing Club
It’s testament to Lautaro Martínez’s quality that while Lisandro López has been out injured, the 19-year-old has ably filled in up front for Racing. On Saturday, Gustavo Bou was the player missing but the Argentina under-20 international struck a stunning volley to seal a win over Gimnasia before departing for the under-20 World Cup.
Lucas Alario || River Plate
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Lucas Alario at River Plate beyond June as the centre-forward just keeps on scoring. Two goals against Temperley took his season tally to eleven but there is far more to the 24-year-old’s all-round game which must have many European clubs ready to tempt River.
Player of the week
Martín Benítez || Independiente
It isn’t too long ago that Martín Benítez was being linked with a big money move to Europe but having stalled badly, Independiente’s decision not to cash-in was looking like a mistake. However, Ariel Holan has rejuvenated the 22-year-old and with Rigoni and Barco, Benítez is forming a dangerous, pacy attack. The forward wasn’t on the scoresheet against Newell’s but with two assists, five completed dribbles and four key passes, his contribution was clear.
Goal of the week
a) Lautaro Martínez – Racing Club v Gimnasia
b) Camilo Mayada – River Plate v Temperley
c) Christian Chimino – River Plate v Temperley