BUENOS AIRES - A good diet and sex in
moderation have helped Argentinos Juniors get through a packed
calendar with good results, coach Pedro Troglio said on Sunday.
Argentinos held River Plate 0-0 at the Monumental in the
Argentine Clausura championship to deny the home side top place
in the standings after four matches.
River are trying to pick up enough points to boost their
poor three-season relegation average but looked more tired at
the end than Argentinos, who upset Nacional of Uruguay 1-0 away
in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.
"The team are showing you can play every three days. We've
shaken off some tough rivals in this spell," Troglio told
"I didn't hesitate to field my best team because we talked
about it a month ago and if they do their homework, they can
(manage). They eat well and don't make love much," he added
"We played well against River, we created chances. I think
the draw was fair."
After two wins and two draws River are third, a point behind
joint leaders Estudiantes, the Apertura title holders, and
Racing Club. River and Argentinos have drawn their four league
games and are the only unbeaten teams.
River's arch-rivals Boca Juniors continued to disappoint in
a 1-0 defeat at Velez Sarsfield, central defender Fernando Ortiz
heading the only goal from a corner.
In Mendoza, 38-year-old Colon striker Esteban Fuertes scored
twice in his team's 3-2 away win over Godoy Cruz, while Tigre
striker Denis Stracqualursi also netted a double in their 2-1
win at Quilmes that sealed coach Leonardo Madelon's fate.
Madelon resigned after four successive defeats in the
Clausura championship that left his promoted side bottom and
facing a quick return to the Nacional B division.
"I've already said goodbye to the players and directors,
there's no going back," Madelon said. "I'd like to thank
everyone, they also gave 100 percent of their ability.
"I never had a problem, so we say sorry to the fans and tell
them not to lose hope because maybe someoen else will come who
can reverse the situation."
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