Darío Benedetto has a serious chance of returning to Boca. Gustavo Alfaro, in addition to having directed Xeneize, has a very good relationship with Pipa because he shared the club twice (at Arsenal and on the blue and gold side). In the middle of the novel for the possible return of the 9, DT -today in Ecuador- expressed that he wants Pipa to return and also narrated how he regretted his departure from the club in 2019, just when he was in command.
Alfaro had his time in Boca in 2019, where he directed 50 games (EFE).
“I hope that Benedetto can return, although it hurt me when he left, I would love for him to be able to return and to achieve that long-awaited Copa Libertadores that Boca fans want.” Thus, in dialogue with TNT Sports, Lechuga made clear his desire for Xeneize. At the same time, he regretted not having enjoyed it for a longer time at the Ribera club: “Darío is a different player, different. He is a player who is made for Boca. After Martín Palermo, it was the best nine Boca had, without a doubt “.
His sadness for the departure of Benedetto de Boca when he was the club’s coach deepened it with the following phrase: “When I arrived in Boca, Darío clarified to me that one of the most possible situations was for him to go to another club since several offers had arrived for him. And I told him: ‘Pipa, I worked all my life to be able to be on your side, and now that I arrived, you are going to leave the club – he counted between laughs – and I asked him to stay, but it could not be unfortunately “. On the 9th he left in the middle of the aforementioned 2019.
Benedetto and Alfaro together at Xeneize (Boca Press).
Benedetto chose to leave Boca before the Copa Libertadores round of 16 began, where he was going to play with the same team with which he had played in the group stage and Xeneize had left second, Atlético Paranaense. At the time it was for a very juicy offer that came from France: Olympique de Marseille put in $ 15 million and took it away. Alfaro, without Benedetto, ended his cycle at the end of the year, after the elimination by Copa Libertadores against River and the comeback in the local championship.
The funny anecdote with Martino about Benedetto
Alfaro recounted a surprising event, when he was the coach of Arsenal, and played a match against Newell’s, where Tata Martino was on the bench, a person who was surprised by the performance of the nine in that match: “In that game it was like this: Darío’s left-footed shot was nailed at an angle to Patón Guzmán. He hits a right hand and puts it on the crossbar in the right corner, hits another right hand and put it in the right corner. After this, Tata comes and says to me: ‘Where did you get this nine from?’ And I told him: ‘Tata, this kid is a phenomenon, he has absolutely all this boy’ “.
How did Benedetto do with Alfaro?
In his last six months in Boca, he did not do well. It was not similar to what he experienced when he was under the command of Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Since Alfaro joined Xeneize in early 2019, Darío played 20 games in half a year, where he scored five goals and totaled around 1,362 minutes. With the current DT of Ecuador they got only one title, which was the Super Cup against Rosario Central. With the Twin at the helm, the Pipa reached its best performance, 40 goals in 56 games, with a goal average of 0.71, a brutality …