(EFE) – After 39 years, Boca Juniors will again face The Strongest of Bolivia in the premiere of both in Group C of the Libertadores.
The antecedents between both teams go back to two duels in 1965 and another two in 1982 with three victories for the Xeneizes and only one for the Bolivian Tiger, that one took place 56 years ago at the 3,640-meter altitude of the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.
For this occasion, those led by Alberto Illanes will have to appeal to the base of the team that got the local runner-up last year since their main reinforcements such as Spaniards Fran Pastor and David Mateos have not had regularity in the first games of the Bolivian championship.
Added to this is a ligament injury to the Brazilian Rafinha, which will take him off the court for several months.
The play structure of the tabby is based on the presence of veteran Daniel Vaca in goal, Uruguayan defender Gonzalo Castillo, Brazilian Willie Barbosa in midfield and Colombian Jair Reinoso in attack.
The premise is “to be intelligent” to propose an intense game, something that “will not change”, and to be careful “before the hierarchy of the rival,” said the coach of the Bolivian team that occupies second place in the local championship with 10 points after four games played.
Meanwhile, the team led by Miguel Angel Russo will take some revisions for the duel against the Bolivians, such as traveling on the hour to La Paz with the goal of reducing the effects of altitude since it will remain in Santa Cruz on its arrival on Bolivian soil.
Boca Juniors arrives after winning 3-1 against Atlético Tucumán for the Argentine tournament, a result that raises the expectations of the team’s production when it is their turn to face “Tigre” on Bolivian soil.
However, the coach will have to make some modifications due to the losses in the team due to covid-19 such as Edwin Cardona, Carlos Zambrano, Jorman Campuzano and Marcos Rojo, the suspension of Frank Fabra, the injured Mauro Zárate in addition to the absences of Carlos Tevez and Esteban Andrada for the duel in La Paz.
Group C is completed by Barcelona from Ecuador and Santos from Brazil.
THE STRONGEST: Daniel Vaca; José Sagredo, Fernando Martelli Gonzalo Castillo, Jesús Sagredo; Ramiro Vaca, Diego Wayar, Willie Barbosa, Raúl Castro, Jeison Chura; Jair Reinoso. Coach: Alberto Illanes.
BOCA JUNIORS: Agustín Rossi; Julio Buffarini, Lisandro López, Carlos Izquierdoz, Emmanuel Mas; Leonardo Jara; Agustín Almendra, Alan Varela, Cristian Medina, Augstín Obando; Franco Soldano and Sebastián Villa. Coach: Miguel Ángel Russo.
REFEREE: the Colombian Jhon Ospina.
STADIUM: Hernando Siles de La Paz at 3,640 meters of altitude.
HOUR: 18:00 local time (19:00 from Argentina)