Superliga Team & Goal of the week: Round Ten

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Team of the week returns and with thirteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round ten, 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 Superliga matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it…

Team of the week - Football tactics and formations

Luciano Pocrnjic  ||  Newell’s Old Boys

Despite conceding the opening goal, Luciano Pocrnjic’s six saves in El Monumental were vital in Newell’s Old Boys picking up a surprise win over River Plate.

Fabián Cubero  ||  Vélez Sarsfield

So often reliant on their academy but when Vélez were desperate for a win it was the performance of one of the old guard that really helped. Captain Fabián Cubero flicked in the vital opener but was equally important at the other end, making four clearances and winning six aerial challenges.

Nahuén Paz  ||  Newell’s Old Boys

There wasn’t much Newell’s could do to prevent River slicing through for the opener but Nahuén Paz and his defensive comrades did well to keep Marcelo Gallardo’s side to only one. The 24-year-old made seven clearances, six interceptions and recorded a 100% success rate with his tackles.

Mauricio Martínez  ||  Rosario Central

It’s taken a while for Central to see the real worth of former Argentina under-20 international Mauricio Martínez but the 24-year-old slots in at centre back and as he did against Boca, excel. A lot of El Canalla’s defending was last ditch but Martínez’s clearances helped keep out the Superliga’s most prolific attack.

José Luis Fernández  ||  Rosario Central

Central’s second win of the season coming against league leaders Boca Juniors required plenty of defensive action despite the champions playing with ten men for the majority. José Luis Fernández slotting in at left back was central to that, getting forward where possible but more importantly making six tackles and eight interceptions.

Adrián Arregui  ||  Temperley

Adrián Arregui’s towering header handed Temperley an important three points against San Martín but there was much more to the 25-year-old’s performance than just the goal. Arregui’s spell with Montreal Impact may not have worked out but with four tackles and three interceptions, his presence in central midfield was vital.

Adrián Cubas  ||  Defensa y Justicia

It’s perhaps a more circuitous route than expected but Adrián Cubas is finally making good on his enormous promise as a Boca youngster. The diminutive midfielder made an impressive nine tackles (100%) during Defensa y Justicia’s 1-0 win away to Banfield.

Juan Ramírez  ||  Talleres

Lacking the guile of Emanuel Reynoso, Talleres needed something else to see off Arsenal and they got that in part from the bustling display of Juan Ramírez. The 24-year-old was everywhere in midfield with a blend of darts forward with the ball and aggressive ball winning.

Diego Vera  ||  Colón

Colón’s defence usually takes the credit but Diego Vera has proved a shrewd signing for El Sabalero and was again at the heart of his side’s victory at the weekend. With a terrific work-rate and ability to bring others into the game, the Uruguayan scored one and made another in the 3-1 win over Tigre.

Luís Leal  ||  Newell’s Old Boys

Luís Leal has rarely looked like the answer to Newell’s Old Boys attacking problems since joining the club but against River Plate on Sunday the Portuguese centre forward was excellent. Aside from heading the equaliser, the 30-year-old was a powerful focal point and a real aerial presence.

Player of the week
Lucas Gamba  ||  Unión

There are a number of factors behind Unión sitting level with San Lorenzo in second, only three points beind Boca, but the form and influence of Lucas Gamba is certainly one. Two assists and a goal in the weekend’s win over Patronato took the 30-year-old’s tally to five goals and four assists – accounting for almost 70% of Unión’s goals.

Goal of the week

a) Cristian Bernardi – COLÓN v Tigre

b) Diego Zabala – Patronato v Unión

c) Gonzalo Martínez – River Plate v Newell’s

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