Final tournamentSaturday, March 29, 2014
Bianchi has doubts in Boca’s line-up
River coach confirms team for tomorrow’s Superderby
Boca Juniors will face River Plate tomorrow and coach Carlos Bianchi has not yet decided the starting line-up while his River counterpart Ramón Díaz has confirmed the team for the Superderby.
Boca Juniors coach Carlos Bianchi said yesterday that he has not decided yet the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Superderby against River Plate at La Bombonera stadium while River Plate coach Ramón Díaz confirmed yesterday that he will field defender Ramiro Funes Mori and forward Teófilo Gutiérrez instead of Osmar Ferreyra and Daniel Villalva.
Meanwhile, striker Fernando Cavenaghi will play again under a medical treatment due to the injury he is nursing in his right foot.
“I have not yet defined the team. The key matches must be played as best as possible. Being part of the match between Boca and River is an honour. It is a great party that must be enjoyed,” Bianchi said at the press conference.
Elsewhere, Ramón Díaz said that River will line up with Marcelo Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Jonatan Maidana, Eder Álvarez Balanta, Funes Mori; Carlos Carbonero, Cris-tian Ledesma, Ariel Rojas, Manuel Lanzini; Teo Gutiérrez and Cavenaghi.
The Superderby features regularly in the top 10 biggest matches in the world thanks to its intense atmosphere and the colourful fans.
But the football played by the teams is no longer of the quality fans were used to, when virtually all the country’s best players stayed at home throughout their careers rather than heading for Europe’s big clubs.
River is fourth equal with 14 points from nine matches midway through the Final Tournament, four points behind leaders Colón. Boca has two points less.
The match will be officiated by Néstor Pitana, Argentina’s designated World Cup referee.
The 10th round of the Final Tournament started yesterday with the scoreless draw between All Boys and Godoy Cruz in Floresta.It was not a good result for any of them as the Mendoza side remains in the relegation zone while All Boys is close to dropping in it the last spots of the relegation average table.
Later, Juan Sebastián Verón came back to Estudiantes in the goalless draw with Olimpo in Quilmes. After this result, Estudiantes failed to reach the top of the standings to stay second with 17 points, one point behind leader Colón, which face Arsenal tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Bahía Blanca side has 15 points and remains out of the relegation zone.
Belgrano met Argentinos in yesterday’s late match.
The 10th round continues today with Vélez Sarsfield facing Gimnasia y Esgrima at 6.10pm. The match between Newell’s Old Boys and Quilmes is scheduled for 8.15pm while Atlético Rafaela hosts Racing at 8.30pm.
Herald staff with agencies