“This is your fan who wants to see you champion…” The hit, very classic, is heard in the great popular reception that the squad had in Mendoza. The first visit to the province of the two that Boca will make in seven days , since then he will return to play on Wednesday for the Argentine Cup. The little song, precisely, is valid for both tournaments. But first things first: Hugo Ibarra’s team will seek this Friday, against Godoy Cruz, to climb back to the top of a League Red Hot.
For that, they will need to beat Tomba, since with a victory they would pass ATU by one point, at least until the Tucumanos play on Sunday.But the mission will not be easy. Not only because of the rival, who although he had a downturn, is still in the top squad.
Red led the greeting to the people. The defender is in doubt: if he doesn’t play, Aranda goes. (Rafael Mario Quinteros)
The main issue is that Ibarra’s team arrives weakened in its potential, patched up, with many casualties. And, for that reason, with many kids. This time more out of necessity than by choice, the DT had to complete the list and the team with them, the youth: They are 13 of the 22 who traveled from Mendoza. And six out of five among the 11 who will take the field. Half plus one, yeah…
There are, in that tour of boys, small peculiarities that mark the state of the situation, that how Boca arrives: Gabriel Aranda, for example, could play for the first time in the Ibarra cycle. The Pola, which was used by Battaglia, was used in Reserve since the Negro took over. But since Rojo is in doubt (he went to Mendoza, but he has an overload in his calf)Figal could not travel and Zambrano is with his team, it is the last option left to the DT.
With him in defense, other kids from the club would also play: Weigandt, who goes for Advíncula, also summoned in Peru; and Sandez, who goes for Fabra, called by Colombia for the double FIFA date that starts today.
In the middle, there will also be a representative of the quarry like Alan Varela. Already more entrenched, it is true, to the point that he is a key piece. But The 21-year-old midfielder is still one of them, one of the kids, the fourth representative.
A crowd went to wait for the team on arrival in Mendoza. (Rafael Mario Quinteros)
And the other two who complete the sextet on 11 positions, will be in attack: Luca Langoni, who became an undisputed piece when just over a month ago he was the third option behind Villa and Zeballos (today injured); and Luis Vázquez, the skinny 21-year-old who will replace Benedetto, another of the discarded top starters.
A bank against youth
To them will be added a bank that will also have a majority of youth. Some of them, who did not even debut in the First Division. These are the cases of striker Gonzalo Morales and central marker Lautaro Di Lollo.
And there are others that barely have a handful of minutes in the maximum: Nahuel Genez, just 10′ against Banfield in that emergency match in 2021, with the squad isolated after facing Mineiro for the Libertadores; Maxi Zalazar, 23′ against Lanús just two dates ago; and Brandon Cortés, with a total of 47′.
Thus, surrounded by players from his quarry (others with much more experience, but born in the club, are added), Boca is playing a key game, a break, in the fight for the title. Because after this match against Godoy Cruz there will be 18 points left at stake. In the 19/20 Superliga, Xeneize won the first title of the Riquelme management in the last seven dates: it went hand in hand with River and was defined in the last one, with Tevez’s goal against Gimnasia.
Well, the Wolf is back on the horizon, but this time as a competitor. In a short time, on 10/5, Boca will visit him in the Forest, in another meeting that will have as much value as the one this afternoon. But to reach that other deadline, the 23 of 27, Ibarra’s team will have to strike today in Mendoza.
Returning to victory after the tie with Hurricane, would already position him as a great candidate. “That this Friday no matter what it takes…”, the fans sang, that today they will be able to go to the field as “neutrals”. Half plus one, yes. Like the kids of this Boca.
The probable 11 vs. tomb
Agustin Rossi; Marcelo Weigandt, Facundo Roncaglia, Gabriel Aranda, Agustín Sandez; Pol Fernandez, Alan Varela, Martin Payero; Oscar Romero; Luca Langoni and Luis Vázquez.