After 1-0 vs. Lanús, Hugo Ibarra changed. Between losses and decisions there were seven modifications in his 11. The only one who repeated from the middle forward was Pol Fernández. Before Huracán, when the 0-0 was sealed, Boca’s No. 8 was also the only one left from the initial midfield. And playing five. What happened to Alan Varela? Why did he come out?
Varela, in the end, after having left the court: it didn’t work. (German Garcia Adrasti)
From the start, the DT opted for Pol, Varela, Payero and Molinas more advanced, but it did not work for him. His flyers were overcome in the first half and, in the second, the variants arrived. At 12 ‘ST, Aaron left his place, very imprecise for the entrance of Óscar Romero. Although what was most surprising was the departure of the five, to leave that place to Pol (he held that position in some games of the Battaglia cycle).
Pol ended up playing five. (ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP)
the confusing explanation
At the conference, the explanation that Negro gave about Varela’s departure was not clear. As the question also included the departure of Benedetto, who was replaced at halftime due to a “stomach problem”, in the DT’s response it was as if the same thing had happened to five.
“I preferred to take them out and take care of them for what is to come”added the DT. However, no one in Boca confirmed that Varela had any physical problem. It seemed, in short, a tactical move that did not go well, taking into account that 33 was strategically marked by the Globe and could not impose its game.
Nevertheless, when it was lifted, at the start of the second half the modification came: he was replaced by Juan Ramírez, forcing Pol to remain as central midfielder. Substitutions that gave him more dynamics but not clarity to generate situations. The only clear one came towards the end with the pass from the Paraguayan to Fernández. But this time, the variants did not work.
For that outcome, Payero had already left for Medina and Orsini had minutes for Langoni. One team started from the middle up and another finished. With Lanús, Negro had been successful with the changes: his decisions improved the team. This time it didn’t happen the same…