Ibarra and a team with many victims. (Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi)
Modified, with victims due to injuries, with players at the limit from a physical point of view, others cited by the various national teams, Mouth will play first Godoy Cruz in Mendoza with the possibility of adding a victory that will support him in the fight for the title of this Professional League, something unthinkable weeks ago but which after the victory against River in Superclásico has brought him to a disputed place. Hugo Ibarra has doubts but looks for something more than three points: a demonstration of commitment in the face of so many adversities, despite the victory will put him at the head of the tournament at least until Atlético Tucumán and Gimnasia de La Plata plays their respective parties.
In defense, perhaps the fundamental pillar from which the rise of Boca has stopped (they have only scored 2 goals in the last 9 official matches), there will be emergencies everywhere. The teams (Advíncula and Fabra) went with Peru and Colombia for the double FIFA appointment. That is why their places will be occupied by Marcelo Weigandt (of unequal level in this 2022) and Agustín Sández (compliant in his defensive role but without much voracity in attack).
In the central defense Marcos Rojo, who has a muscle discomfort, was expected until the last moment. However, the captain, despite flying with the team, has little chance of playing. And they have decided not to risk Nicolás Figal for the second consecutive game, aware of the large number of games coming in this remaining month of competition. Without Zambrano, even with Peru, the duo that is emerging is with Facundo Roncaglia and Gabriel Aranda: fourth and fifth central of the squad. A lot of problems.
The center of the field is the one that has more and better variations. Because with Alan Varela in the central circle and with Pol Fernández and Martín Payero on the sides, it starts to come out of memory. Moreover, Óscar Romero would have arrived among the starters without a fixed position for the setback, which has conditioned him in the last half. You have to think more about offense than defense in a team that won’t have too many dangerous options.
Forward, without Darío Benedetto (he lost about 3 kilos due to the stomach virus that hit him in recent days) it will be again the turn of Luis Vázquez, a forward who has scored only one goal in the last twenty appearances. His attack partner? The boy Luca Langoni, who broke into the team against Atlético Tucumán and who will add his fifth consecutive game as a starter. And in the bank? There is not much else to look for with the injuries of Briasco, Villa and Zeballos. Only Orsini appears as a spare part. The rest will be more kids: Brandon Cortés, Maxi Zalazar and the tip of the Reserve, Gonzalo Morales.
The eleven of Mendoza
The formation of Boca against Godoy Cruz (there will be 15,000 Xeneizes fans at the stadium) would be with Agostino Rossi; Weigandt, Roncaglia, Aranda, Sandez; Pol Fernández, Alan Varela, Martín Payero, Óscar Romero; Langoni and Vázquez.
Matias Bustos Milla