Just over a week ago River Plate playing legend Juan Jose 'JJ' Lopez was quietly plying his trade with the championship leading second XI, providing the warm-up action for many lukewarm Millo performances. Now however, the 60-year-old faces the biggest test of his managerial life; as without sacked coach Angel Cappa, the Nunez club prepare to play their biggest rivals in front of their own, expectant fans.
Just looking at the tables indicate the desperate situation which eventually proved too much for Cappa. Sitting firmly in midtable this campaign, the bigger worry for River is found in the three year average points descenso table, which decides who goes down to the dreaded B. Only newly promoted Olimpo and Quilmes have a worse record than the giants of Argentine football, and by now, it was assumed, River were supposed to have left the relegation worries behind.