From one disappointing performance to another
In Argentine soccer, no one is untouchable. Even Carlos Bianchi, Boca Juniors’ most successful trainer in the history of the club, was fired yesterday after getting disappointing results in the first rounds of the new season.
Bianchi, who took over 18 months ago after steering Boca to a string of domestic and international titles a decade earlier, presided over 26 wins and 26 losses in 74 matches including three defeats in their first four league games this season.
Before the start of the new season, the coach gave a press conference where he said the team will fight for the title in the three competitions. However, Boca was quickly eliminated from one of them: the Copa Argentina. It lost 2-0 against Huracán.
The expectations were high for the debut in the Transitional Tournament as the club signed eight players (including Cristian Pavón who went to Colón on loan). But Bianchi’s team suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Newell’s Old Boys with a disappointing performance.
Boca found some air in the next round when it defeated Belgrano 1-0 in Córdoba with a late goal by Emanuel Gigliotti, although the team’s performance did not improve.
The big surprise came in the third round. The Xeneize was thrashed 3-0 at home by Atlético Rafaela, which won at La Bombonera for the first time in its history. Bianchi failed to find a solution for this poor display and suffered another disappointing defeat on Wednesday, when it lost 3-1 to Estudiantes in La Plata.
Club officials decided that Bianchi is not the right person to recover this Boca side and fired him yesterday.
— Herald staff