22: All aboard the one-nill train
Second half 2024/25 season / Group Stage Libertadores 2025
After getting that smashing win in the Copa Libertadores finale, we paid back the elimination against Vélez in the cup. Which I'd rather have, if you ask me. But there is still one thing missing that we have to get over them
, and this something is really important in my mission of catching up to Estudiantes: win one more league.
In this sense, the Copa Libertadores has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, as you may know now, we are continental champions once again. A curse, because it attracts the attention of the European scouts to my lads
more than any other team, and sometimes you just can't keep hold of 'em.
, 18: we got a mini-Edinson Cavani ourselves. Despite the short height and the young age, Olivera is a deadly finisher and still has a lot to improve.
, 19: when you see an opportunity to steal a player like this, you do it. And if you are stealing from your championship rival, even better. I caught Vélez napping on his release fee and grabbed one of their most promising centre midfielders.
, 20: even though we certainly don't have a shortage in the attacking mid position, it looked like a pretty good deal and we got him. He will be sent out on loan.
, 18: he is a winger, but I'm determined to transform him into a centre mid. He's got some inconsistent passing abilities that have to be trained, but otherwise, he's a promising player.
, 19: the defensive ball playing midfielder is set to be a great player in the future. Excellent mental attributes, good on the ball, and fairly physical.
As mentioned, European eyes are growing over our players. We made some big sales to the old continent, with another record-breaking deal, this time involving the departure of our star Thiago Chiappa
, who's left to be a great player for Inter. Fontana left us to be a star in Portugal, and Malpartida left us to be a star in France.
Superliga Argentina - Rounds 22 to 38
An invincible streak that certainly didn't feel like it. With a set of awful uneventful games and other unnecessarily eventful ones
, we kept ourselves alive in the title fight. Many of the 1-0 victories came in the last minutes, or from a penalty, or both.
R22 Gimnasia 3-1 Racing
: in a 40-minute game, we managed to dominate and control of one the biggest teams at the beginning of the story.
R25 All Boys 2-3 Gimnasia
: we started fast and they responded even faster. Within 25 minutes, we opened the scoreline, they turned it around and we tied it back. In the second half, Cataldo finally closed the deal for us.
R26 Gimnasia 2-0 River
: the scoreline doesn't look anything like what the game was. The moments when we play bad and are not punished are rare, but this is one of them.
R27 Gimnasia 3-0 Aldosivi
: speaking of rare, another rare specimen for you to wander: we playing actual dominant football against someone.
R28 Gimnasia 1-0 Boca
: in a tough game, we kept Boca under control for 80 minutes without being able to score. When the disappointing 0-0 tie was almost certain, Vega finally broke the deadlock.
R30 Huracán 2-2 Gimnasia
: after a bad start, the young Olivera managed to turn it around in our favor. And our joy lasted for two minutes. And that was it.
R34 Talleres 2-2 Gimnasia
: another one of those games that could give you an anger management certificate. After opening the scoreline at the end of the first half, it took them two minutes to turn it around. Then we had to work our asses off to tie a game that we were winning.
R35 Estudiantes 0-2 Gimnasia
: as tense as a Clásico should be, the opening goal came only 84 minutes into the game. Ruiz found another one at the 94th minute, right before the final whistle.
R36 Gimnasia 1-0 Vélez
: in a tense title decider, we managed to lift the trophy after a 85' minute goal.
San Esteban's Clásico Platense Count: 9-4-1
All Time Clásico Platense Count: 59-68-67
Superliga Argentina - Final Standings
In the end, a demoralized Vélez stumbled and allowed us to get the title some rounds in advance, even losing the second position to River. I still can believe that we managed to convert poor football in a league title
this season. We got a lot of annoying 1-0 victories throughout the second half of the season, and these annoying victories proved themselves to be life-saving. In the saddest part of the table, Rosario Central is wiganning their place in the league
, scaping relegation once again. Lanús, on the other hand, got relegated at the first try, a sad moment for a team that ended Copa Libertadores as runners-up seven years earlier.
Final San Lorenzo 1-3 Gimnasia
: it is weird to face San Lorenzo in Rosario. Both Nuevo Gasómetro, San Lorenzo's home turf, and Gigante de Arroyito, the biggest stadium in Rosario, are particularly narrow. So we addressed this game as any regular game away from home in Boedo: occupy the whole pitch and give up on opening the plays. We started bad, as Agustín Hausch opened the scoreline for the Boedo side, but then we managed to get the game back and control it.
1st leg Vasco 0-0 Gimnasia
: in a tedious game against the Brazilians of Vasco, champions of Copa Sudamericana, the only thing we got was a little bit of sleep.
2nd leg Gimnasia 3-1 Vasco
: we started the game with a shock, as Vasco got the first hit. Two minutes later, however, they fixed it themselves. The newly signed Cataldo, then, managed to get two and get this right for us.
Copa Libertadores de América - Group Stage
We were drawn into a group with the Brazilians of Corinthians, the Venezuelans of Táchira, and the Bolivians of The Strongest. The probable outcome of this group is predictable
: Corinthians and Gimnasia decide who wins the group, Táchira and The Strongest decide who gets the Copa Sudamericana spot.
R1 Corinthians 2-1 Gimnasia
: in a tight opener, Corinthians got it over us with a late goal. Regarding our intentions to avoid stronger opponents in the second round, this goal was a tragedy for two reasons: (1) we lost against a direct rival, so we're gonna have to beat them back; (2) Corinthians will probably win both games against each of our other opponents, so the race is on for the goal difference.
R2 Gimnasia 3-1 Deportivo Táchira
: our goal difference race didn't start really well. We could get much more over this rival, but a lazy finishing got us only 2. On the other game, Corinthians got a 3-0 win in Bolivia.
GD Race: Gimnasia 1-4 Corinthians
R3 Gimnasia 7-0 The Strongest
: for a club with such pretentious name, they should have played better. Instead, we managed to get a nice boost to our goal difference race. Corinthians got a whooping 6-2 victory over Táchira on the other side.
GD Race: Gimnasia 8-8 Corinthians
R4 The Strongest 1-4 Gimnasia
: an awful first half almost got everything down the drain for our ambitions. In the second half, however, after I dissed my players into shame, Sebá Rodríguez woke up and got a hat-trick. Other match: Táchira 0-3 Corinthians.
GD Race: Gimnasia 11-11 Corinthians
R5 Deportivo Táchira 0-4 Gimnasia
: it was time for Leonel Vega to get his hat-trick in a comfortable win in Venezuela. Other match: Corinthians 5-0 The Strongest
GD Race: Gimnasia 15-16 Corinthians
R6 Gimnasia 2-0 Corinthians
: it all comes down to this. A simple win would get us the win over the group, as we would exchange a goal with Corinthians in the race. Sebá Rodríguez got it with an early goal, and the safety goal came with Malo in the 90th minute.
We won the group, and among the 8 possible second-placed teams that we could face in the second round, we will face Grêmio once again.
@ScottT that was sure the best squad this club has ever had, so it is only fair
@Jack & @TheLFCFan they gotta respect us now
@OneMoreGame we'll play it in the next episode
@Wolf quite a sloppy one for our standards, but the most important is that everything turned out fine