Soccer — Final TournamentTuesday, March 25, 2014
Boca counts backwards to Sunday’s Superderby
Díaz, Erbes come back to training today
Boca Juniors will return to training today with the aim of beating River Plate in Sunday’s Superderby in order to improve on its poor start in the Final Tournament.
Boca Juniors returns today to train in Casa Amarilla facilities ahead of next Sunday’s Superderby against River for the 10th round of the Final Tournament.
Defender Daniel “Cata” Díaz and midfielder Cristian Erbes will be available for the match against River after serving a one-round suspension in Sunday late goalless draw against Quilmes.
It is thought that coach Carlos Bianchi will choose to field them instead of Claudio “Chiqui” Pérez and Federico Bravo, who was sent off on Sunday.
So, the probable line-up against River will be with Agustín Orión; Hernán Grana, Díaz, Juan Forlín and Emanuel Insúa; Erbes, Fernando Gago and Juan Sánchez Miño; Juan Román Riquelme; Luciano Acosta and Emmanuel Gigliotti.
On Sunday, Boca was held to a second successive draw at Quilmes in a match played behind closed doors after the home side were punished for crowd trouble at their previous home game.
“We need to be sharper close to the penalty area,” Boca captain Juan Román Riquelme told reporters after the match.
“It’s a nice match (against River), we’ll try to enjoy it, our stadium will be packed in our favour, let’s hope to take advantage and take three points.”
Boca needs a win in the Superderby as it has only 12 points from nine matches, six points behind leader Colón.
Sunday’s match will be the 191st in professional Argentine Football Association (AFA) tournaments with 69 wins for Boca, 62 for River and 59 draws.
River beat Boca in La Bombonera stadium for the last time in 2004, 1-0 with the goal from Fernando Cavenaghi.
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Herald staff with Télam