Ameal remained, but Riquelme boarded the plane to accompany the team to Bolivia. (Clarin Archive)
That is not uncommon Juan roman riquelme travel with the delegation Mouth. But the club’s first vice president was in La Paz this Wednesday in the transcendental match led by the team. Sebastian Battaglia against Always Ready for Libertadores Cup. Román is in Santiago del Estero for the Argentine Cup final, but this is the first time he will be with the team on an international level.
Riquelme will lead the Boca delegation that will focus on Santa Cruz de la Sierra and will play this Wednesday from 9:00 pm at the Hernando Siles stadium, in La Paz, for the fourth date of Group E of the Copa Libertadores. The group was led by Corinthians from Brazil with 6 points, followed by Deportivo Cali from Colombia and Always Ready, both with 4, and Boca closed with 3.
Riquelme will be accompanied by Jorge Bermudezof the Football Council.
Sebastián Battaglia needs victory in Bolivia. (Ferdinand’s Order)
The other two members of the Football Council, Raul Alfredo Cascini and Marcelo Delgadothey could not accompany the Boca delegations because they were both suspended by Conmebol due to the incident that took place last year in Belo Horizonte, in the round of 16 match against Atlético Mineiro, which led to the elimination of the team.
In Boca’s first matches in the current edition of the Libertadores, the third vice president was in Cali adriana bravo and in St. Paul before the Corinthians the general secretary Ricardo Rosica. But because of the size of the fight for Boca, Riquelme decided to join the squad.
How will Battaglia like it? It is understood that Riquelme’s trip will provide support and not pressure. The coach breathed a sigh of relief on wins for the Professional League Cup against Central Córdoba and Barracas Central (he has already qualified for the quarterfinals as second in Zone 2), but the loss to São Paulo against Corinthians has complicated his chances on the continental tournament.
Riquelme will bring her experience (she has won the Cup three times as a player) and will seek to send an exciting message to players. While Battaglia -as is logical- will be in charge of technical-tactical and team building. In that order, I can almost identify the eleven that will collide with Always Ready: Agustín Rossi (back after tears); Luis Advíncula, Nicolás Figal, Carlos Zambrano, Frank Fabra; Guillermo Pol Fernández, Alan Varela, Juan Ramírez; Oscar Romero; Eduardo Salvio and Luis Vazquez.
In another order, about the Boca squad leaving for Bolivia, Rosario defender Gastón Ávila joined at the last minute, not being released due to the birth of his first child. But the footballer is back in time to be part of the delegation since he has recovered from a tear that sidelined him from the last few games.