Miguel Ángel Russo’s Boca Juniors reaches its second Superclásico of the year against River Plate with many questions about its operation. The DT hides his training trying to surprise and … to improve the game of his team?
Hours before a new edition of the most important game in Argentine football, in ESPN.com We do a review of the Boca games so far this 2021.
JANUARY 2, 2021 – BOCA 2-2 RIVER – DIEGO MARADONA CUP
The year began with another Superclásico in La Bombonera, with Boca and River leading the way in the first leg of the Libertadores semifinals. But they surprised with an attractive draw that killed them both fighting the local title hand-in-hand.
JANUARY 6, 2021 – BOCA 0-0 SANTOS – LIBERTADORES CUP
Russo’s team could not take advantage at home against Santos and began to garner criticism and doubts.
JANUARY 9, 2021 – ARGENTINOS JUNIORS 2-2 BOCA – DIEGO MARADONA CUP
With nothing to spare, Boca rescued the tie against Argentinos in La Paternal, but it was enough to qualify for the final, but the big goal was the game four days later for the move to the Libertadores definition.
JANUARY 13, 2021 – SANTOS 3-0 BOCA – LIBERTADORES CUP
Very hard fall of Boca in Rio de Janeiro, which in addition to being the biggest disappointment for the xeneizes, generated countless criticisms for the “lack of attitude” of the footballers on the playing field. And it fell especially to Frank Fabra for his expulsion and Toto Salvio for a lost ball that ended in a Brazilian goal.
JANUARY 17, 2021 – BANFIELD 1 (3-5) BOCA – DIEGO MARADONA CUP
With suffering, Boca this time achieved his goal of becoming Argentine soccer champion again. Banfield tied him with a penalty in injury time, but in the definition from 12 steps, Russo’s team did not fail and took the title.
FEBRUARY 14, 2021 – BOCA 2-2 GIMNASIA LP – CUP DE LA LIGAbr> At the start of the 2020/21 season, Boca could not show a real change and gave up a draw against Gimnasia at La Bombonera.
FEBRUARY 21, 2021 – NEWELL’S 0-1 BOCA – LEAGUE CUP With Tevez’s dismissal at the last minute, Russo’s team achieved their first win of the year in Rosario and showed some small signs of improvement in their performance.
FEBRUARY 28, 2021 – BOCA 1-1 SARMIENTO – LEAGUE CUP
Again without Tevez, Boca was able to repeat a formation for the first time in a year. Another weak Xeneize game and two points that escaped from home.
MARCH 3, 2021 – CLAYPOLE 0-1 BOCA – CUP ARGENTINA
Russo took advantage of the debut in 32nd. of the final of the Argentine Cup to give minutes to several substitutes and youth. But the performance didn’t show up either, nor did any of the guys stand out. Javi García was saved in the goal and Sebastián Villa scored to avoid the role.
MARCH 7, 2021 – VÉLEZ 1-7 BOCA – LEAGUE CUP
With the return of Tevez and when it seemed that Boca could hit bottom, he was dispatched with a shocking win over Vélez. The result does not reflect the real difference between the two teams, but it was just what Xeneize needed to reach the Superclásico in high spirits.