The 42-year-old Argentine is seen as the architect of the success of River Plate, which under his leadership in 2015 even though the main prize for South American clubs won.
“There are three words that, to him, characterize this: quality, determination and commitment”, said assistant-trainer Matias Biscay. “Marcelo wants himself and everyone he works with is constantly improving. He demands a lot from himself and others. He tries the best out of the players.”
River wins-laden final Copa Libertadores
Gallardo is a child of River Plate. As a player he celebrated with the club a lot of success with the win of the Copa Libertadores in 1996 as the culmination. The 44-fold international played later in Europe, AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. Now beckons as trainer to transition.
Compatriots in the top
“We all know that at a particular moment to Europe,” says captain Leonardo Ponzio. “But River Plate is his home, it is difficult to go away. He has told us that he wants to remain. But there comes a day that he will go to Europe, that’s for sure.” With Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) and Santiago Solari (Real Madrid) are already quite a lot fellow-countrymen of Gallardo as a trainer working in the European top.
As a champion of South America may be River Plate again participate in the world cup for clubs, which this week begins in the United Arab Emirates. The team of Gallardo flows until next week at the semi-finals.