Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round seventeen, 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…
Iván Arboleda || Banfield
Despite ending up on the wrong side, Iván Arboleda had an excellent game in Avellaneda and was one of the main reasons that Banfield only lost by one goal against Independiente. Amid six good stops there was one particularly stunning save to deny Juan Manuel Martínez a certain goal.
Leonardo Godoy || Talleres
It’s hard to imagine Leonardo Godoy is going to be at Talleres much longer as the 22-year-old gave another performance of perfect full-back play. Excellently defensively, Godoy is a major reason behind Talleres having the best defence in the league but breaking quickly, he also gives an attacking option down the right. Godoy will make an astute acquisition for someone in the near future.
Cristian Lema || Belgrano
Not the most aesthetically pleasing match to watch, Belgrano ground out a 1-0 win away to Chacarita Juniors and as has been the case on many occasions this season, El Pirata’s defence was key. Cristian Lema was the main man and as the home side launched balls into the box, the 27-year-old made 16 clearances and seven interceptions to ensure another clean sheet.
Ignacio Canuto || Tigre
Results haven’t been great for Tigre but things are starting to improve and during the goalless draw with Atlético Tucumán, Ignacio Canuto proved he is a useful defender with 100% tackle success, seven clearances and four interceptions.
Juan Sánchez Miño || Independiente
In the absence of Gastón Silva through injury, Juan Sánchez Miño provided a strong case to be considered Independiente’s first choice left-back. The 28-year-old was a constant threat down that flank and with three key passes was one of El Rojo’s main creative outlets.
Federico Lértora || Belgrano
After missing a couple of games through injury, Federico Lértora returned and proved just how important he is to Belgrano. Aside from slotting in the game’s only goal away to Chacarita, Lértora won possession nine times and carried the ball forward to launch the visitors’ attacks.
Santiago Cáseres || Vélez Sarsfield
It is with good reason that scouts are keeping tabs on Santiago Cáseres as the 21-year-old gave another assured display as Vélez beat River Plate on Saturday. Sitting alongside fellow academy product Nicolás Domínguez, Cáseres was both ball winner and attack instigator at the base of the midfield. Winning possession seven times and with a pass accuracy of 87%, the youngster looked a class above during the opening 45 minutes.
Player of the round
Cristian Pavón || Boca Juniors
Likely to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad, Cristian Pavón showed just why that is in Boca’s win over San Martín. The youngster’s pace is absolutely terrifying for defences and dashing clear to score one himself, he later darted in behind to lay on another for Nahitan Nández.
Martín Benítez || Independiente
Martín Benítez’s name rung out around the Estadio Libertadores de América by way of support after missing a penalty in the Recopa in midweek but by the time the 23-year-old was substituted ten minutes from time it was because of his match winning performance. His stinging shot from distance was decisive but the forward worked tirelessly without the ball and was constantly probing the Banfield back-line with it.
Ignacio Pussetto || Huracán
The importance to Ignacio Pussetto cannot be understated this season and it is for this reason that a January offer from Benfica was rejected. The 22-year-old’s well taken goal was enough for three points against Estudiantes but as ever Pussetto was the focus of El Globo’s attack.
Carlos Tevez || Boca Juniors
Such is the Argentine press it won’t be long until the cries for Carlos Tevez to return the national side will be heard. After his match winning goal last week, the fan favourite hammered Boca ahead inside a couple of minutes against San Martín and and during a typically busy display created another for Pavón.
Goal of the week
Pol Fernández – Godoy Cruz v Racing
#SuperligaQuilmesClásica 🏆 ¡Vos elegís el #GolDeLaFecha 17! Guillermo Pol Fernández sacó esta 💣 para poner en ventaja a @ClubGodoyCruz: dale RT o ❤ si para vos es la mejor conversión de la jornada 😎 pic.twitter.com/xpFELSIJIR
— Superliga Argentina (@argsaf) February 27, 2018