After a very hectic and controversial week for Boca Juniors, Miguel Ángel Russo apologized for the incidents that took place in Brazil, but also recalled that due to the arbitration rulings “that were not up to the international competition” his team was injured.
Boca Juniors fell on penalties and was eliminated in the second round of the CONMEBOL Libertadores against Atlético Mineiro, after the cancellation of another goal, as well as the first leg, due to a highly disputed decision by the VAR.
This was said by coach xeneize in a virtual conference:
THE ELIMINATION AND CONTROVERSY OF VAR
“We were hurt by the elimination due to adverse failures, we made enough merits to pass the round.”
“The elimination hurt us because we believed that we made enough merits to go to the round. It is something out of football, in football it showed despite not having had adequate competition”
“The VAR is not up to what an international competition is.”
“I am satisfied that Boca was up to the task, and because of the failures that are not up to international competition they hurt us.”
“The VAR for the referee to see it on the Boca court is where the benches are not and there is not a single person, so that the referees are with total freedom, something that does not happen everywhere. When he is next to the benches generate situations like Tuesday “
“Boca was up to the task. I have peace of mind that we did what we had to do to pass the round. For failures that are not up to par, they harm us”
“We continue in what we are looking for. It hurts us the way we were left out. With Santos we blame ourselves. The reality in 180 ‘vs Atlético Mineiro was different from what was the result.”
INCIDENTS AND HOSTILITY IN BRAZIL
“Respecting the bubble, we stayed inside the bus,” said the Dt, after the entire squad spent the night in a bus outside a police station, where nine accused players had to testify for the incidents in the stadium.
“The first to declare are the Brazilians and they made the wait long. We thank the Consul in Brazil for their attention. They sent images that were not real. They said that we were the aggressors and they attacked us.”
“The president of Atletico makes aggressive statements. We have fireworks again. I felt a hostile climate.”
“It was never the discussions with the players or coach, but with the security personnel.”
“They left us until 12 noon to go to the airport, they changed the prosecutor at 7AM and we had to start over. We suffer situations (in Brazil) that are not normal and in Argentina, they do not happen.”
“It was a part of the old Copa Libertadores that I had to live it and that we lived again.”
“We take the blame because we cannot fight from any point of view and I apologize. But it always happens the other way around: we were the ones attacked who had to defend ourselves, and it is always against the security personnel. We simply defended ourselves.”
ISOLATION IN ARGENTINA AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF PLAYING FOR THE TOURNAMENT
On the impossibility of using the headlines on Saturday before Banfield, due to the seven-day isolation imposed on the entire delegation, Russo was elusive: “We did not protest or say anything. We respect the decision of Carla Vizzotti (Minister of Health of Argentina ) as it should be and corresponds. We know that we did not break the bubble. There is the Consul and CONMEBOL who are verifying all this. “
“I apologize to the people of Boca because we cannot fight from any point of view.”
“Technology shows that we are aggressors and not those who defended ourselves. I still take charge because they are things that should not happen and cannot happen again. Situations overwhelm us, we came from two games that were harmed. We had to defend ourselves.”
SUSPECTS ABOUT VAR
“I did not speak with CONMEBOL authorities. It was very clear: they are purely and exclusively arbitration and VAR errors. You cannot stay out of something so clear and so punctual. Claim? They will not return anything like it.”
“That it happens once, it could be a mistake, twice, I think … it is the reality. The VAR in La Bombonera is where there is no one, and the referee does not suffer pressure. Where he is on the benches, he suffers pressure, and in La Bombonera it doesn’t happen “.
“When we lose, we bow our heads and take charge. Here in 180 ‘we were superior. There were too many mistakes that we suffered. Argentine football had no competition either, the only one that happened between Argentines and outsiders, was Rosario Central whom I congratulate” .
“If there is something else in all this, one does not know, and if there is, I prefer not to find out. What is striking is that they are in two consecutive games in such specific errors that they determine an elimination”
THE MOOD AFTER A CHANCE WEEK
“We are strengthened, it is a united and strong group. It hurts to be left out of a competition like @Libertadores. We made an analysis of what was done well or badly, coming without competition is very hard at this level and Argentine football should be reviewed.”