This Tuesday, Juan Román Riquelme spoke with F90the cycle of ESPNand talked about what happened over the weekend between Darius Benedetto Y Carlos Zambrano which led to a two-match ban for both players. The greatest idol of Boca Juniors congratulated the team for the performance against Racing and minimized the fight between the two players that occurred at halftime.
“The boys have had a discussion and now they must reflect”explained the vice president of Xeneize, although he did say he was surprised by what happened: “The problems are usually in training, in an official match it is rare because you are always angry with the rival and you end up fighting with the opponent.”
In this sense, he added: “I don’t know how that situation came about, because it wasn’t there. The things that happen in there, have to stay in there. I’m surprised the press finds out. Even from the talk I had with them. We all make mistakes, but when I was a player, things stayed in the locker room. Generally, clashes occur in training, because sometimes you bring problems from the outside. It was weird, but it’s time for them to think.”
In addition, he took the opportunity to clarify what his role is in the institution: “I am not part of the Council, I am the vice president of my club. I am very happy with the people of the Council, even though they receive all the slaps. They are doing a great job for the club. I was lucky to have been a football player, but most discussions take place in training. It is rare that it is in an official match, because one is angry with the rival. It is time for the boys to think, reflect and move forward.”
The best phrases of Juan Román Riquelme
the mouth game
”The second half with Racing was similar to that of Corinthians, because it seemed that we were going to be there all day and we weren’t going to be able to score a goal. Their goalkeeper took some great balls and they took balls over the line”.
“When the juniors come in, against a very important opponent and on a pitch with a lot of people, it makes us very happy because it means that things are going well”.
“Boca delocal is being very strong. As a visitor it was costing us, that’s why the second half against Racing left us very satisfied, because they are a great rival and we were much superior. Their goalkeeper had a great night.”
“With Miguel Russo and the people from the Council we were clear that Rossi was going to be the goalkeeper. When the things that one decides and takes calmly and go well, he is happy. One is happy with how Agustín is doing. For us there is no problem, they are football things. We made the first proposal in March and offered to renew until 2026, but his representative gave us his answer within 48 hours. When we saw her, we were surprised, because we thought she was wrong. We took it easy, we did the numbers to offer you something very important, in which the people of the representative have made it public, but they rejected the offer again. For us there is no problem, we are going to enjoy it until the last day”.
The analysis on Ibarra
“I live with things very clear. He has a contract until the end of the year. They have told me that they did not know what his coaching staff was like, but for me everything is very clear. He has been directing the Reserve for two years and won two titles. He made the merits to be in this place. It had been more than 10 years since the Reserve won a championship. He has done wonderfully.”
”We would like to play the same way at home and away. But we knew that after being left out of the Copa Libertadores with Corinthians we were going to fall, because the team should have passed that day and there was a lot of hope”.
The departure of Sebastian Battaglia
“Everything was sporty. When we tied on Boca’s court with Godoy Cruz, all the journalists and fans were hoping that the coach would leave. The Council was very calm, talked to me and we decided that it was time for him to continue. Things went well. And after the game with Corinthians we talked again and we thought it was time to change. We know that our decisions are not going to please everyone, but we make them very safely. It’s that simple”.
Carlos Zambrano and the sale of Izquierdoz
“Zambrano was one game away from going to a World Cup and he always behaved like a gentleman. When Russo and Battaglia were there, he had to wait because they chose Rojo and Izquierdoz, but now there is another coach who prefers Zambrano”.
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