The race of Marcelo Gallardo As a footballer she was plagued with titles, being champion with all the jerseys she defended: River (six local tournaments, one Copa Libertadores and one Super Cup), Monaco (one Ligue 1, one Super Cup, one League Cup), PSG (one Cup de la Liga), DC United (a US Open Cup) and Nacional (a Uruguayan championship).
The change from the “shorts” to the whistle and the trainer's jumpsuit was even more triumphant. In his first foray, as a strategist for HandbagWith a squad full of footballers who until a few days ago had been his teammates, he raised his first trophy.
After almost two years off, he accepted the challenge of replacing Ramón Díaz at River Plate. Despite the fact that the history of the descent was still fresh on the retina of all millionaires, he rewrote the legend, placing his beloved institution on the highest point of the continent.
Among the 11 titles won at the club, 3 international trophies stand out: the 2014 Copa Sudamericana and the 2015 Copa Libertadores (both eliminating Boca) and 2018 (defeating their classic rival in the legendary Santiago Bernabeu).
Precisely the final in Madrid put River and Gallardo before the eyes of the world. Several institutions began to look at the main figures in Núñez's painting and Napoleon began to be closely followed from the Old continent, especially within Ligue 1.
"Only he will decide if he wants to go to Europe. Offers will have. What he did and won in Argentina allows him to have the power to decide on his future. He is not a coach who has to go knocking on doors. He will decide the project that seduces him or that seems most interesting to him, although as a River fan you expect him to continue there ”, he signs Luis Ferrer, member of the technical secretariat of the Paris Saint Germain.
The Argentine, who made inferiors in the Millionaire, but he spent much of his career on the ground Gallic, recognized him Infobae than "Gallardo is a name that will surely be on the list, for how his time here is remembered and for what he did in the final in Madrid. The merits have it ”.
The Cordovan leader, who previously worked within the soccer structures of the OGC Nice and Saint-Étienne, when asked about a possible interest, said: “In due course he will have his chance. In the future". However, after stressing that today they are comfortable with the German Thomas Tuchel, he clarified: “The coaches' careers are a matter of opportunity. When a club breaks free it looks for a coach, and that coach is working out there. If in the future both are free, it may be. I would be the first to pay attention to this question"
"I don't have the crystal ball to guess the future," he laughed. The PSG, declared champion of Ligue 1 after the tournament was suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (he stayed with 7 of the last 8 tournaments), is in the Champions League quarterfinals, after eliminating Borussia Dortmund.
In its star-studded squad, the names of the Brazilian Neymar, the French Kylian Mbappé, the Argentines Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi, the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, the Costa Rican Keylor Navas and the Italian Marco Verratti stand out.
Ferrer, who knows the European market like few others, assumes that PSG will not be the only one interested in Marcelo in the future. In addition to Olympique Marseille, an entity that the French press repeatedly indicated that it has the Argentine among its possibilities, he pointed to Monaco, another club that knows very well the Doll
"In Monaco, if the Spanish coach (Robert Moreno) who is now is not doing well, surely he will throw the name of Gallardo. Same in the case of PSG ”, he told Infobae. The Principality club surveyed Gallardo when he barely retired (at that time the team was in the Second Division), but the technical director was more seduced by the Uruguayan National project.
After his departure from Handbag, the technical director traveled to Europe to train and learn the latest working methodologies. During his stay in France, the Doll He was at Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, and spoke with some colleagues, such as Didier Deschamps, Marcelo Bielsa and Claudio Ranieri.
To conclude, Ferrer elaborated: “Coaches are the first exposed in this business, so to speak. What he is doing is amazing, because of the continuity in time ”.
Only time will tell if the paths of Gallardo and PSG -or that of another European team- cross again. But what seems clear is that the legacy of the Doll As a coach he has just started ...
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