It was the first time that he sat down, in time, to speak publicly about his departure from Mouth. The previous time, outside the Ezeiza Training Center (they didn’t even let him talk inside) it was in the middle of his traumatic departure and his dismissal from a YPF. Serene, measuring his words, calm to tell his story, perhaps because he felt that he left in peace. “I get a lot of love from people, not just from Boca and that makes me feel good. I was at the club since I was 15, now I’m 41 and I retired at 32.”
Battaglia talked about everything on the Fantino show.
Already looking at the immediate past, he counted the traces that this world Boca left in his last step: “Being Boca’s DT is not easy. But I liked it and I enjoyed it a lot. And my family had its side of suffering, my wife, My children, my parents, brothers. They all lived that stage intensely and enjoyed it too, because we have had two achievements and they have also known how to enjoy it, “he said in a note with Alejandro Fantino in Loose Animals.
Battaglia at all times tried to avoid controversy, the words that could generate a response from the other side… The most he ever said against Juan Román Riquelme, the same one who decided his departure, the same one who eroded his position, even had a friendly tone. “At another time we have shared many teams, campuses. Perhaps I covered the back and did the dirty work for the others to generate, and Roman was one of them. Perhaps the way, the form hurt me. You are a little hurt by how it happened, after all, we all want good for Boca. I would have liked to have had a little more football talk with Roman during my time at the club. He spoke more with those of the CdF. Perhaps it hurts how everything happened, how it progressed and how it ended. In fact, I did not talk to Roman again after I left, nor with the Council“. It is clear, he did not like how he was fired either: “When they told me that I was going to be Boca’s DT, I obviously accepted it, they came to my house… And I would have liked it to be different in the end. Come to my house, let’s talk a little more… That’s the part that hurts. When he decided to be a coach, they came to my house, we talked about it,. but they already had the decision made. I don’t know why I stopped being the technician, nor did I ask why they went looking for me…”, he analyzed.
He did acknowledge that perhaps his claim for the reinforcements he made after the elimination against Corinthians “was out of place, and it must have been at another time. But it was an answer to a question, and it was something that I talked about inside the club.” And he explained why he was careful when talking about Román. “Because Boca is my home and I don’t want to hurt him. I want good for Boca, I didn’t do things for Boca to do badly. On the contrary. And every time I sit down to watch television I want him to win, “he said. But yes, he does not forget:”They will have to explain why they made the decisions they did.But look to the future. “My career is just beginning and I’m going back to Boca.”
Sebastián Battaglia at the gate of America.
BATTAGLIA AT FANTINO’S:
-“It happens to me a lot on the street: not only the people of Boca, whose love is great and always grateful, but also people from other teams and that’s good, it makes you feel good because of the respect they have for you and the respect they we always had towards the rival”.
-“The famous Boca World, the truth is that I lived it naturally, since I was 15 years old. I am 41. I retired when I was very young, at 32. It is like that, I had to be there since I was a child, I lived in the three pensions: Candela, Parque Sarmiento and Casa Amarilla, that today what is there is incredible. After being a professional player and becoming a DT… For me, the Boca World is normal.”
-“In Boca I have 19 titles with the last two as DT”.
-“I lived it very naturally, I always tried to be the same, I always handled myself in the same way. Perhaps one does not realize what it means for the people of Boca, where I spent practically my entire career. Many times I they have said, but it is my way of being. I am calm”.
-“My family lives the Boca World, being Boca’s DT is not easy. But I liked it and I enjoyed it a lot. And they had their side of suffering, my wife, my children, my parents, brothers. They all lived through that stage intensely and they also enjoyed it, because we have had two achievements and they have known how to enjoy it as well”.
-“The team, in my opinion, was having a good performance, at the group level we were very good, it is hard to be left out of the Cup. We have lived stages where I have had to celebrate and in others to be left out of the Cup. time I answered a question they asked me. If I think about it today, maybe it was timeless. Maybe I should have said about the reinforcements before, because I talked about it with those who had to talk about it.”
-“I raised everything, always, everything. Later it was a question that I answered, at no time did I feel that I was going to offend even my players. Whoever feels touched… I take care of things, of the elimination. Perhaps the answer was out of term, timeless. It could have been at another time. But that the issue was raised before, was raised. I felt proud of the match we played, we had mistakes and I take responsibility”.
-“The truth is that they didn’t tell me (why they fired him), nor did I ask why they fired me. These are things that have to happen, they are decisions and convictions. I have my convictions, my ways of seeing things and I accept the decisions that have to be made, although I value the work we have been doing. We were strong at the group level, footballingly we were improving”.
–The relationship with Riquelme: “At another time we have shared many teams, campuses. Perhaps I covered the back and did the dirty work for the others to generate, and Román was one of them. Today we are in different functions. Perhaps the way, the form hurt me. You are a little hurt by how it happened, after all, we all want good for Boca. With other ways, and maybe yes. I would have liked to have had a little more football talk during my tenure as manager of the club. He talked more with the Council, I would have liked to have a little more football talks with him. Perhaps it hurts the way everything happened, how it progressed and how it ends.”
-“There are always soccer talks, in this case there are and there will continue to be. Afterwards, the final decision is always up to the coach. Then one relied on those one trusted the most to decide who was on the field. But there were always soccer talks. From there one can have the thought of him and another, another “.
-“When they told me that I was going to be Boca’s DT, I obviously accepted it, they came to my house… And I would have liked (the dismissal) to be otherwise. That they come to my house, that we talk a little more… That’s the part that hurts me. When he became a coach they came to my house, we talked about it…”.
-“They (the members of the Football Council) had made the decision. They will have to explain why they made the decisions they do. I am relaxed. We had achieved an identity, promoting youth, it was a long-term project.”
–“I never spoke to them again.NDE: continues to refer to CdF) after leaving the team. In 2000 I shared with them, in my first stage. From there I continued in the club, I spent a lot of time. My career as a coach is just beginning and the idea is always to continue working as a coach. Go back to the club? And, in the future… It’s not easy being Boca’s coach. I lived it, I enjoyed it, I was… We are all coaches, we all have an opinion on who should play, how the team should play. But they are things that we have to live with and more so in a club like Boca, with all that it means.”
-“Boca is my home, too. Since I was 15 years old. I want good for Boca, I didn’t do things for Boca to do badly. On the contrary. And every time I sit down to watch television I want him to win. I I want Boca to win, there should be no doubt about that. From there, with different opinions or thoughts, but I will always want the best for Boca. It is the club that gave me the opportunity to start my career as a professional player, I arrived to be, I grew up, we gave people joy, I left for a year and a half and came back, and I retired in Boca. It’s impossible that I don’t want him to do well”.
-“We had to grab at a difficult moment in the institution, we were able to win the Argentine Cup and it gave us the chance to play in the Libertadores. We were able to win the Summer Cup. We started with irregularity perhaps, yes, but always working. At the football level, but also in the group. We added a sports coach who helped us, who worked on the objectives and what we wanted to improve at the group and team level. There were the psychologists from the club, who helped us a lot, and the coach who helped us complement things that we thought we needed”.
-“In the end we were being a team. We were managing to be a team, we were going for a clear objective. I took it on as a group and we were on our way to being a team. You can be part of a faculty or WhatsApp group and not have participation. In a team we all go for the same goal. You can be a champion being only in a group, it must have happened at other times, in other institutions, the best thing is that everyone goes for the same goal. In Boca all the objectives of the year are raised and we go for that, looking for nobody to leave that lane. When someone left that lane…”
-“We as the head of the group, in this case me and my CT, we propose rules to live well, which must be respected. Values that a team must have. From there we were clear: respect, responsibility, commitment, professionalism. Whoever does not want to be here, I repeated several times, will have its consequences.”
-“That way we were clear, I am clear and we will all work better if we base ourselves on that and we all comply. It will be a respect from partner to partner, from player to DT…”.
-“My career is just beginning and the Boca thing is already a closed stage. From now on I want to continue growing and looking for possibilities. The idea is always to have other possibilities. I would analyze projects, what idea the club has, where it wants to go.”
-“In football, winning is when they see you with the cup in your hand. But sometimes you have to lose to win. Surely in the stage I am living, I lost things but I gained others. We’ll see how my path goes. Sometimes I have won at a sporting level and it is an impressive ecstasy. But sometimes there are things where you lose but you also won. It depends on how you look”.
-“My knee and ankle have haunted me a lot. I suffered a lot. And from there you have to reinvent yourself. My idea was always linked to football. I also did a sports management course that helped me grow in other matters, to look at other kinds of things. All the time I sought training“.