Final tournamentSaturday, May 3, 2014
Bianchi ready for his assessment
Ramón Díaz puts pressure on leader Gimnasia
Carlos Bianchi said that Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici has the right to assess his performance as the team’s coach, while River Plate trainer Ramón Díaz put some pressure on leader Gimnasia for the upcoming matches.
Boca Juniors coach Carlos Bianchi said yesterday that club President Daniel Angelici has the right to evaluate his continuity as the team’s trainer in June.
“The numbers are not the best and we are not fighting against the top teams. We finished second from last, then we ended in the middle of the standings and now we are there again,” said Bianchi in a press conference.
He also declined to talk about the renewal of playmaker Juan Román Riquelme’s contract, something that was requested by more than 5,000 fans at La Bombonera stadium.
“I won’t speak about Riquelme’s contract,” said Bianchi talking about the Boca’s idol whose contract ends on June 30 and the club officials have not confirmed the renewal of it yet.
Boca, which accumulates five games without defeats, is in ninth place in the Final Tournament standings with 23 points, seven behind leader Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. Bianchi’s side will face relegation-threatened All Boys tomorrow at the Islas Malvinas stadium and the first team is not confirmed yet as Riquelme, who could not complete Thursday’s training session, is still in doubt.
Meanwhile, River Plate coach Ramón Díaz put some pressure on Gimnasia in a press conference yesterday saying that “they cannot draw now.”
“In these matches you have to win. You cannot draw because the teams behind can leapfrog you,” said a confident Díaz. “During the last games there’re a lot of things to take into account, like the morale, the fitness, the player’s minds and the pressure.”
River will host Racing at the Monumental stadium tomorrow with the need of a victory to keep fighting for the title with only three rounds left. The match will be at 6.15pm, while Gimnasia hosts Lanús at 5.10pm. River has 28 points and shares second place with Godoy Cruz.
“We will play to win, it’s our last derby and we need the three points. It’ll be a tough game in which the midfielders will be the key players of it. I hope they can create and score goals,” added Díaz.
Today, Godoy Cruz can climb to the top and stay there for at least a day as it plays at home against Vélez Sarsfield. The match will be held at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza at 7.20pm.
In other matches, Estudiantes de La Plata visits Colón at 3pm, Rosario Central hosts Olimpo at 5.10pm and defending champion San Lorenzo faces Atlético Rafaela at home.
Herald with agencies