It is no coincidence that Juan Fernando Quintero is gradually winning back his place in Marcelo Gallardo’s starting lineup. It is already the third game in which he starts as a first baseman, and although his physical condition continues to be the main problem that does not allow the man from Antioquia to act for 90 minutes, he has left waste of his talent.
Juan Fernando Quintero is doing better starting as a starter than going out to finish off the game. Well, on the occasions in which he has entered in the second half, he has earned the criticism of the Argentines and the press that demand much more of him. The creative midfielder received the title against Newell’s and kept it against Arsenal de Sarandí. He left the field of play in said match due to some discomfort, but fortunately he overcame it to return to having a leading role receiving Central Córdoba.
That was the great game that Juan Fernando Quintero needed, just like River Plate. Quintero appeared very early with incidents in the rival goal with a tremendous assistance at the head of his compatriot, Miguel Ángel Borja for the second of the riverplatenses. Before the end of the first half, he threw magic with a personal play, a wall with Nicolás De La Cruz and a dribble that cut his mark and enabled Elías Gómez with a filtered pass that only he saw.
It is already the third game in line that he plays as a starter in Marcelo Gallardo’s scheme, and the strategist gave the reasons why he is realigning him from the beginning, “Quintero flashes talent. Today he is feeling better, he is more agile, he is more involved in the game. That’s why I play it from the start and I’m not looking for freshness in the second half”.
With flashes of quality, the millionaire club wants to renew Juan Fernando Quintero’s contract, at least with information from Maxi Grillo, a journalist from TNT Sports. Gradually, the man from Antioquia begins to earn the undisputed position as starter again, and Marcelo Gallardo pays him back, not only giving him minutes, but praising him.