Marcelo Gallardo, the man who led River Plate to unparalleled success, is now weaving his magic as the coach of Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. A recent training session saw him cross paths with Hamad Al Montashari, a legendary defender of Al-Ittihad and a Champions League winner with the team.
Shared Love for River Plate
Al Montashari revealed himself to be a fan of River Plate, a fact that brought back memories of the 2018 Copa Libertadores final in Madrid. This was the match where Gallardo's River Plate triumphed over Boca Juniors, a victory that still resonates with football fans worldwide. As Al Montashari uttered the word 'Madrid', it was met with a smile and a warm embrace from Gallardo, acknowledging their shared appreciation for River Plate's historic win.
Gallardo's Current Endeavor: Al-Ittihad
Currently, Gallardo is channeling his efforts into preparing Al-Ittihad for their next match in the Saudi Pro League. They stand fourth in the standings, and under Gallardo's guidance, the team aims to climb higher. In addition to their national pursuits, Al-Ittihad also has their sights set on international glory.
Asian Champions League: The Next Challenge
They aim to finish at the top of their group in the Asian Champions League, having already qualified for the knockout stage. With the influence of Gallardo and the support of River Plate enthusiasts like Al Montashari, Al-Ittihad is expected to put on a strong performance in the upcoming matches. This encounter between Gallardo and Al Montashari not only highlighted their shared love for River Plate but also showcased the international impact of football and its capacity to bridge divides.