Team of the week returns for 2018 and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round thirteen, 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…
Gabriel Heinze made a winning start to life as Vélez Sarsfield manager but much of that was due to goalkeeper César Rigamonti. The 30-year-old made six excellent stops to keep Defensa y Justicia out and it was worth an important three points.
Hernán De La Fuente || Vélez Sarsfield
On the one occasion Rigamonti was beaten, Hernán de la Fuente got back to clear off the line during Vélez’s win but the 20-year-old was excellent throughout. It was the full-backs marauding run forward that won the decisive penalty and de la Fuente was equally effective in his defensive duties.
Yonathan Cabral || Atlético Tucumán
Atlético Tucumán’s victory over Temperley was perhaps a little more difficult than the 3-0 scoreline suggested and so Yonathan Cabral’s contribution was significant at both ends. The 25-year-old headed the second goal but also won seven aerial challenges, made seven clearances and had a 100% tackle success rate.
Saúl Salcedo || Huracán
Marcelo Gallardo will rightly not have been pleased with his River Plate side’s display but there was still no doubting the excellence of Huracán centre-back Saúl Salcedo in Sunday’s 1-0 win. The Paraguayan made ten clearances to help ensure the match-winning clean sheet.
Lucas Olaza || Talleres
There is no doubting that San Lorenzo’s two red cards made Talleres’ victory all the easier on Friday but it was another impressive display from Frank Kudelka’s side. The full-backs have been an important feature of La T’s success since their promotion and Lucas Olaza has been outstanding on the left. The 23-year-old was solid defensively and stepped up to open the scoring with a powerful penalty.
Nahitan Nández || Boca Juniors
Injuries might have given Nahitan Nández his chance but the youngster will take some moving after another outstanding display during Boca Juniors’ win over Colón. His industry and ball-winning abilities have won over supporters but aside from claiming possession eight times on Saturday, the 22-year-old dashed in behind the visiting defence to lob Alexander Domínguez and score Boca’s second.
Nelson Acevedo || Unión
Racing were not at their best in Santa Fe on Sunday but Nelson Acevedo saw to it that Eduardo Coudet’s midfield didn’t get a moments rest. The 29-year-old constantly harassed and pressed, winning possession eleven times but also moved the ball efficiently, posting a match high 89% pass success rate and feeding Diego Zabala for Unión’s winner.
Carlos Tevez || Boca Juniors
It wasn’t exactly vintage Carlos Tevez but the desire and hunger was back as Boca went six points clear with victory over Colón. The veteran forward poked the ball through for Nández to score but was excellent with the ball throughout. With two key passes and 93% pass completion, Tevez was at the centre of everything for Guillermo Barros Scheletto’s side and is already dreaming of an Argentina return again.
David Barbona || Atlético Tucumán
Much of what Atlético Tucumán do well is down to hard work and David Barbona epitomises that with his non-stop running down the right. Putting in a defensive shift when needed, the 22-year-old delivered the cross for Cabral’s goal and wrapped up the points with a superly taken goal on the counter.
Darío Cvitanich || Banfield
It was no real surprise to see Banfield’s form dip towards the end of 2017 when Darío Cvitanich was out injured. With the veteran striker back leading the line against Tigre on Saturday, El Taladro picked up a 2-1 win and Cvitanich scored both goals. The first an instintive volley before keeping his cool to slot in the winning penalty in stoppage time.
Juan Ferney Otero || Estudiantes
Juan Otero’s winning goal in Avellaneda may have been gift-wrapped by Independiente goalkeeper Martín Campaña but the Colombian was a constant thorn in the side of an often panicked Rojo defence. Full of pace, Otero provided Estudiantes with the ability to hit the home side on the counter and for 84 minutes, the 22-year-old kept Nicolás Figal and Gastón Silva occupied.
Goal of the week
David Barbona – ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN v Temperley
David Barbona, que decoró brillantemente una respuesta de Atlético Tucumán a una pelota detenida en contra, y Matías Suárez, que transformó una jugada sucia en una definición deluxe con un hermoso gesto técnico, comparten el #GolDeLaFecha 13 de la #Superliga del Fútbol Argentino. pic.twitter.com/hlmHIqXc7w
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) January 30, 2018