September 19, 2014
Arruabarrena: ‘The players are hurt, but I trust we’ll improve’
Rodolfo “El Vasco” Arruabarrena has been officially presented as the new Boca coach, replacing the most successful trainer in the Xeneize’s history, Carlos Bianchi, after a disastrous start in the Transition tournament.
39 year-old Arruabarrena was directed by Bianchi in Boca, and coached Tigre and Nacional in Uruguay after he quit soccer.
“It’s a great responsibility to lead this team, everyone knows how I feel about Boca,” Arruabarrena, who played in the Riviera side’s youth divisions, told reporters during the press conference held today at Casa Amarilla by Boca directives to present him as coach.
“The players are hurt, but I trust we’ll improve. We are going to try to get out of this situation. I will train an organized, compact team, but let’s let results speak for themselves,” said “El Vasco”, who today directed his first training session with the players and will be on Boca’s bench on Sunday when the team plays tournament leader Vélez at La Bombonera.
Arruabarrena won two local leagues and one Libertadores Cup with Boca. He finished second with Tigre and saved them from promotion when he coached the Buenos Aires club, and also finished second in the Uruguayan league with Nacional de Montevideo.
“I feel a great joy one of the players who came out of Boca’s most successful period in history has become our new coach,” Boca President Daniel Angelici said in the conference.
Local media stated Arruabarrena was chosen after former companion Guillermo Barros Schelotto, current Lanús coach, turned down the offer.
Bianchi took the lead of the team in 2013. It was the third time the former Velez forward coached Boca, after two winning terms. Although the team finished first in the overall 2013-2014 season, it did not fulfill expectations, and together with the bad start in the current tournament (3 loses in 4 matches), he was sacked by Angelici yesterday, a day after the defeat versus Estudiantes de La Plata.