River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo referred to the political-social crisis in Chile that could jeopardize the 2019 Copa Libertadores final at the Estadio Nacional de Santiago.
Although Conmebol is holding the definition in the wildebeest compound on 23 November, the demonstrations continue in much of Chile and there appears to be no return to normality in the short term.
Asked about the situation of the neighbors and the final to be played in Santiago, the ‘Muñeco’ declares that «we hope that the problems that the Chilean people are going through and can return to normal, beyond our party, can be solved. That they can re-accommodate and have peace is the most important thing.»
River Plate will seek the continental two-time championship against Flamengo, who is going for his second Liberators in his history. The Millionaires eliminated Boca Juniors in the semi-finals, while those from Rio de Janeiro left Gremio on the way.
Regarding the opponent in the final, Gallardo said that «we are going to face a strong team, from youngest to highest and that today is at its peak of performance, proved to be a fair finalist of this Cup».