With an unprecedented front, Battaglia has defined the eleven of Boca Juniors for the debut of the Libertadores against Deportivo Cali

Sebastian Battaglia - Boca Juniors Training - Boca Juniors Training Center in Ezeiza - March 16, 2022 - Photo: Javier Garcia Martino - Photogamma
Sebastian Battaglia – Boca Juniors Training – Boca Juniors Training Center in Ezeiza – March 16, 2022 – Photo: Javier Garcia Martino – Photogamma

Boca Juniorswith victims for suspension, will start on Tuesday against Deportivo Cali in Colombia his way to the long-awaited conquest of the seventh Liberators Cup from america. The match of the first day of Group E will be played from 21:30 at the Deportivo Cali stadium, with the Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela as referee and the broadcast of Fox Sport And Star +.

The Xeneize will have a different and uncomfortable start since the incidents in the last elimination against Atlético Mineiro in Brazil have left the balance six players disqualified: Marco RedSebastian VillaJavier GarciaCarlo Leftz, Diego Gonzalez and Cristian Curassowho was excluded from the list in good faith and will continue his career in the Brazilian cast after the middle of the year.

Of those involved, however, only defender Rojo and Colombian striker Sebastián Villa are regular starters in the team led by Sebastián Battaglia. The Santa Fe, 41, will make his international debut as a manager in the tournament he won four times as a player with the blue and gold jersey. Another significant loss for Boca’s operation will be that of midfielder Guillermo Pol Fernández due to a muscle discomfort in his right calf.

Boca will make their Copa Libertadores debut against Deportivo Cali in Colombia
Boca will make their Copa Libertadores debut against Deportivo Cali in Colombia

The victories against Estudiantes de La Plata (1-0) and in the superclásico against River Plate (1-0) at the Monumental stadium, for the Professional League Cup, supported the Battle cycle but the last draw against the ‘Arsenal (2-2) in La Bombonera still raised doubts. The point kept Boca in the qualifying zone, but a hectic April lead with eight games that will require a rotation of the squad.

Paraguayan Óscar Romero will reappear in the starting team, who has only played a handful of minutes in the last few games against River and Arsenal. In this way the 4-2-1-3 scheme used before the Ass will be modified by the classic 4-3-1-2, with the Paraguayan in the docking position.

However, the big news will be the offensive with which Battaglia will have an unprecedented front Darío Benedettoafter being substituted at half-time in Superclásico and entering the final minutes against Arsenal, in attacking duo with the youngster Exequiel Zeballos. On the bench, on the other hand, awaits Luis Vázquez, who scored a great goal against the Viaducto team.

Given the absences of Rojo and captain Izquierdoz due to injury, Battaglia will aim in defense on the Peruvian Carlos Zambrano and Gastón Ávila. This central pair have already played five games in 2020 with a positive balance as there have been two wins (against Huracán and Independiente) and two draws (against Arsenal and Argentinos Juniors). Frank Fabra will retain his place in the left sector and Colombian Campuzano will replace Pol Fernández, who lost his position after the defeat to Huracán in La Bombonera.

Pipa Benedetto will start at Boca's debut for the Copa Libertadores (Fotobaires)
Pipa Benedetto will start at Boca’s debut for the Copa Libertadores (Fotobaires)

That being the case, the probable team from Boca Juniors for the debut in Copa Libertadores would be with: Agustín Rossi; Luis advincolaCarlo ZambranoGaston Ávila, Franco Fabra; Cristian MedinaGiordano Campuzzano, Juan Ramirez; Oscar Romero; Equiele Zeballos and Dario Blessed.

Deportivo Cali is the current champion of Colombian football but his football present is complicated, so in the previous Boca starts as a favorite to keep the first three points. History tells it they met ten times in Copa Libertadores with five wins for the Argentine team, four draws and only one victory for the Colombians. The most important background was the finals of the 1978 edition which meant the second trophy of the Xeneize.

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With information from Telam.

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