Team of the week returns and with fourteen matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round twenty, 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…
Marcos Díaz || Huracán
Only cleared to play late in the week after suffering from an eye problem but there appeared to be nothing wrong with Marcos Díaz in Huracán’s win away to Temperley. The 32-year-old has long been an important part of the Globo side and with five saves on Saturday it laid the foundation for Huracán’s win.
Player of the week
Alejandro Donatti || Racing Club
With Racing Club winning 5-0 it is Lautaro Martínez more than anyone that you would expect scoring the goals and while the youngster got in on the act late on, central defender Alejandro Donatti already had two. The 31-year-old is proving an astute buy for La Academia – primarily as a solid centre-back but now it would appear a goal scoring threat.
Fabricio Coloccini || San Lorenzo
Fabricio Coloccini’s career looked over just a couple of months ago but Claudio Biaggio putting faith back in the veteran defender, Coloccini is now a vital part of the San Lorenzo defence. At 36, Coloccini may not be the quickest but his enormous amount experience is clear and with six clearances, Colocha was key to the clean sheet against Olimpo.
Leonardo Sigali || Racing Club
Centre-back partner Alejandro Donatti scored twice but it was Leonardo Sigali who opened the floodgates for Racing with his first half header. Another excellent acquisition, Sigali has provided some defensive stability that has been sorely lacking at the Cilindro for quite a while.
Mauro Pittón || Unión
There may have been an element of fortune behind Mauro Pittón’s goal against Banfield but nothing lucky about a tremendous midfield display by the 23-year-old. Pittón’s volley took a deflection but it was a fine run from deep and the academy product was influential, winning possession nine times and passing well.
Neri Cardozo || Racing Club
Few would have predicted Neri Cardozo to be one of the best January signings but the 31-year-old has made an outstanding start to life at Racing. A superb passer of the ball, Cardozo made five key passes and chalked up another assist in the 5-0 win over Patronato.
Franco Fragapane || Unión
Franco Fragapane was on the scoresheet to double Unión’s lead away at Banfield but it was a all-round good performance from the former Boca Juniors midfielder. Three key passes and four dribbles, Fragapane was important creatively.
Nicolás González || Argentinos Juniors
Argentinos Juniors’ pacy attack has been impressive all season and none more so than Nicolás González in Saturday’s win over Newell’s. The 19-year-old scored the only goal of the game and while still a little raw, there will be plenty of interest parties giving Argentinos a call over the next few months.
Gonzalo Martínez || River Plate
River are far from back to their best but Marcelo Gallardo’s side have looked much better since Gonzalo Martínez returned from injury. Belgrano carelessly gave Pity the ball after only two minutes on Sunday and a few seconds later, the ball was in the net. Two key passes and three dribbles, Martínez was the creative spark that has been lacking and a reason behind the Supercopa win and now back-to-back Superliga wins.
Agustín Maziero || Rosario Central
It may only have been a 20-minute cameo but Agustín Maziero left a lasting impression in Central’s victory over Chacarita Juniors. The score was level when the 20-year-old was introduced in place of Germán Herrera but with a superb header and powerful finish, the academy product had a brace and Central had three points as a result.
Ignacio Scocco || River Plate
Despite getting less than 30 minutes, Ignacio Scocco makes the team of the week after coming off the bench to score twice and hand River victory over Belgrano. The 32-year-old remains an outstanding finisher and after rounding off two counters against Belgrano and another against Boca in midweek, Marcelo Gallardo must surely be thinking of replacing record signing Lucas Pratto.
Goal of the week
Nahuel Barrios – SAN LORENZO v Olimpo
— Goles Argentina (@GolesArgentina_) March 18, 2018
Skill of the week
— TNT Sports LA (@TNTSportsLA) March 18, 2018