Gutierrez wants hat-trick against Independiente

The Colombian wants to find his best form after struggling for Clausura goals, and is determined to put three past La Academia's neighbourhood rivals on Saturday
Racing Club star Teo Gutierrez has pointed to Saturday's Clasico de Avellaneda as a key moment in the club's season, and expressed his desire to knock three goals past Independiente.

The Colombian striker has been in subdued form in the 2012 Clausura, scoring just two goals in eight games as Racing tread water in mid-table. The side directed by Alfio Basile lie a lowly 14th going into the weekend clash against their rivals, who have lost just once in five fixtures since Cristian Diaz took over from Ramon Diaz as coach.

Speaking on Thursday, Teo admitted that he needed a big game to lift La Academia out of their slump, and affirmed that a hat-trick in Independiente's backyard would be a dream come true.

"I want to hit three goals and take the ball home. That is what I need to be able to show my best form," the former Trabzonspor forward explained to Ole.

"Scoring in the clasico would be fantastic both for me and for my team-mates."

The 26-year-old went on to talk about the future of Basile, who has stated that a negative result against the Rojo would prompt him to resign from his post.

"I think that aside from everything else, Basile is not going anywhere. He has great support, from the fans, directors and from us. We have to give him more time; we know that if you win or lose three games here, you can go up or down," he stated.

The last Clasico de Avellaneda ended in a 1-1 draw back in the 2011 Apertura.