It seemed like a fact. For the first time in his era, Sebastian Battaglia seemed to have almost everything ready to repeat the team. The DT had been very satisfied with the performance of his boys against Sarmiento and that is why no changes were expected for this Wednesday’s match against Red. However, the Lion kicked the board in training this Tuesday in Ezeiza and stopped an 11 with seven changes and several surprises.
Battaglia sustained in practice this Tuesday (Prensa Boca).
Yes, Battaglia kept only Rossi, Advincula, Left and Almond and he left almost no vestiges of the team that beat Green 2-0 and seemed to begin to establish itself as the ideal 11 for León. The DT did major surgery in all the lines and tried an unprecedented training that could have its first time in Avellaneda.
In the arc, we said, Rossi will continue. But half the defense will be new: Lisandro Lopez entered by Red and Agustin Sandez, by Fabra. In the middle, the novelty is the return of the MVA that gave such a good result to Miguel Russo in the middle of this year: Medina on the right (instead of Ramírez), Varela of 5 (by Campuzano) and Almond on the left. And up outside Cardona, town and Vazquez and inside Salvio, Pavón and Briasco.
If the change of names takes place. there will also be a schema change: from 4-3-1-2 to 4-3-3, with Salvio and Villa as wingers and Briasco as 9.
What is the reason for this Battaglia decision? In theory, the DT’s intention to give some players rest, taking into account that Boca will face three games in a week (Sarmiento, Independent and Newell’s) and the end of the Argentina Cup, scheduled in principle for Wednesday, December 8. Yes, within 15 days …
How important is the game with Red?
Boca fights the classification to the Cup (Fernando de la Orden).
For Boca, this Wednesday’s duel against Rojo will not be just another match. For the relevance of the classic but above all for the fight inch by inch to enter the Liberators of 2022. The Xeneize adds 58 points and, in case of achieving a victory, it will take ten units of difference to Independiente with three dates to be disputed. But he will also arrive much better off in the last matches of the League: Newell’s and Central Córdoba of local and Arsenal as a visitor.
The DT will confirm the 11 in the Libertadores de América. But the idea of repeating seems to have been shelved.