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‘If I put Riquelme on the bench, he’ll kill me’

Argentinos Juniors coach Claudio Borghi.
Argentinos Juniors coach Claudio Borghi.
Argentinos Juniors coach Claudio Borghi.

Argentinos Juniors coach, Claudio Borghi, said yesterday that he will include Juan Román Riquelme in the squad when he sees the player is fully fit to be in the first team.

“If I took Riquelme and put him on the bench, he will kill me to include him in the squad is to count on his full potential,” the trainer said.

Riquelme, who signed for Argentinos after a rejecting an extension of his contract with Boca Juniors, is not training with the rest of the players as he is trying to be fit for the team’s debut against Boca Unidos in La Paternal next week for the first round of the National B Division.

Borghi said that Argentinos will be “the team that everyone would like to defeat this season, as was the case for River and Independiente” when the teams were in the second division.

“We are lucky to have this player back at the club, and the expectations give Román more responsibilities. He is working very well. And the soccer fans who want to come to our stadium to see him play, will be welcomed.”

“El Bichi” recognized that he is a “big fan of Riquelme,” and added that he will change the 4-3-3 tactic he used during the preseason to a 4-3-1-2 when Riquelme plays in the first team.

The coach has chosen the players for the debut. Matías Caruzzo is not authorized yet and has a muscle problem. Juan Sabia had not recovered from an injury yet and Cristian Ledesma suffered a muscle pain in the team’s 2-0 victory over Vélez Sarsfield in a friendly on Saturday.

TEO IS FROM RIVER. River Plate President, Rodolfo D’Onofrio, said yesterday that negotiations with Vélez striker Lucas Pratto “are over” and confirmed that Colombian Teófilo Gutiérrez “wants to play” for River.

“The negotiations for Pratto are over. The last offer we made was for US$5 million. Vélez considered it was a low offer. We are not looking for another player,” said D’Onofrio.

He added that River is paying Gutiérrez’s salary and that the attacker wants to continue in the club.

Herald staff with agencies

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