Bianchi’s message to Battaglia at his worst moment as Boca coach and the new injury leave to receive Always Ready

Boca Juniors will play a transcendental duel for the Libertadores Cup. Against a rival, a priori, of lesser value such as the Bolivian Always Readythe urgency goes through the adverse results that the cycle of Sebastian Battaglia. Although the team remains in the classification zone in the League Cup, it is the performance that has the fans upset and the last defeat against Deportivo Caliin the debut for the international contest, filled the patience of several.

In this context where the DT is looked askance by locals and strangers, charles bianchi Boca left a message to the world hours after playing a vital duel for the Copa Libertadores. The Viceroy, the most successful coach in the history of the club, gave great support to the footballer who won the most titles with Xeneize.

“You have to let him work. The Cup is long and you have to have faith”, was the message that Bianchi shared with Federico Pérez Rivero from Xeneize World. The meeting between Viceroy and the partisan journalist was held in the Senate last Friday and the most winning DT, who was with his wife Margarita, agreed to a photo.

Carlos Bianchi had a very good predisposition and also agreed to talk with several of those present in the Senate, where he made the tour of the place. Fede Pérez Rivero also consulted him about the possibilities of him taking over as coach at some point, and the Viceroy, at 72 years old and more than eight years after his departure from Boca, was blunt: “Not anymore, now are times to enjoy family.”

Fede Pérez Rivero and Carlos Bianchi in the Senate
Fede Pérez Rivero and Carlos Bianchi in the Senate

As far as strictly football is concerned, Sebastián Battaglia is clear about which team to put against Always Ready from Bolivia, who comes from surprising in his debut with a victory at home against Corinthians. This time the faces will be seen against Boca Juniors in the Bombonera, for the second date of Group E of the Copa Libertadores de América. This meeting scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with the arbitration of the Uruguayan Gustavo Tejera and which will be televised by Fox Sports and Star+, will have the particularity that It will be the first with an audience for the Cup at home after more than two years: the last time was on March 10, 2020 against Independiente Medellín of Colombia, for the second date of the group stage: it was a 3-0 victory for Boca, before the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The absence of the public, however, did not harm Boca sportingly since of the last six games they played in the Bombonera for the Copa Libertadores they did not lose (three wins and three draws) and did not concede goals either.

This first local commitment of Sebastián Battaglia’s team in the Libertadores 2022 will be decisive for his future. The defeat in the debut in Colombia against Deportivo Cali (2-0) did not leave much room and doubts about Battaglia’s cycle increase every day. The Xeneize neither could they improve their image in the League Cup, since on Saturday night they drew goalless at Liniers against an alternative team from Vélez. The presence of Agustín Almendra on the bona fide list of the Copa Libertadores despite his altercation with Battaglia and his subsequent return to activity in the reserve -with a goal and an apology- did not help the questioned coach either.

Pol Fernández will be the starter again and in Boca they celebrate it
Pol Fernández will be the starter again and in Boca they celebrate it

However, the numbers of the player with the most titles in the history of Boca are positive, since of the 33 official matches, he won 17, drew 10 and only lost 6. And he won the Argentine Cup at the end of last year, after beating Workshops for penalties, but the debt is still in the game. Boca will continue without the players suspended by Conmebol after the controversial elimination against Atlético Mineiro in the last edition: Carlos Izquierdoz (also injured), Sebastián Villa, Marcos Rojo, Diego Octopus Gonzalez and Javier Garcia. The positive for the coaching staff is the return of Guillermo pole Fernandezwho already looked recovered after playing more than 60 minutes last Saturday at the José Amalfitani stadium.

The midfielder was one of the high points of the Battaglia team in the best passages of the year, which were the wins against Estudiantes in La Plata and in the Superclásico against River Plate at the Monumental stadium, both by 1-0. The doubt passes the player who will occupy the right sector of the midfield, Jorman Campuzano was the first option but in the last practice the DT tried Eduardo Salvio. In this case, the schema is modified.

In defense there will be a forced change since the Peruvian Carlos Zambrano returned from Cali with a hamstring tear in his right leg. In his replacement he was going to be Nicholas Figal, Nevertheless He was injured and the one who will play from the start will be the youthful Gabriel Aranda, a great match against Vélez. Paraguayan Óscar Romero will continue on offense along with Exequiel Zeballos and Darío Benedetto, who will seek to score his first goal in the Copa Libertadores since his long-awaited return to the club after three years in Europe.

That’s the way it is, the probable team from Boca Juniors to receive the Bolivian cast is with: Agustín rossi; Luis advinculaGabriel ArandaGaston AvilaFrank Fabra; William pole FernandezJuan Ramirez, Oscar Rosemary; Edward sage, Darius Benedict and Exequiel Zeballos.


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With information from Telam.