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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Battaglia: For Boca, Libertadores is something ‘obsessed’

Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) – Former Boca Juniors coach Sebastian Battaglia said on Thursday that his departure from the popular Argentine club would have been affected by the suffocating pressure of winning the Copa Libertadores, a trophy that will be reunited by the Corinthians this year after being eliminated by the Zenis. got out. Brazil.

“We know that in this club the Copa Libertadores has become really obsessed and it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the processes and projects over time,” Battaglia told reporters.

The 41-year-old coach was sacked the day Boca was shipwrecked after losing in a penalty shootout to Corinthians of Brazil at the Bombonera Stadium in Round of 16 of the continental tournament.

Battaglia visited the club’s training ground, one of the most important in Argentina, early Thursday to say goodbye to the players.

He noted that, as a coach, “winning Libertadores was a goal”, as Boca has not won that trophy since 2007, adding that “too many coaches have passed and no one has a formula for success”. “.

The club explained in a brief statement that he was no longer “the first football team coach” and thanked him “for his contributions throughout this cycle”. He did not specify reasons why Battaglia’s contract was terminated early in December, but an early elimination at Libertadores may have hastened his departure.

The former Boca midfielder also revealed that he finds it comforting to know that, despite everything, he can see his players through the eyes. “I can see the look on everyone’s face…thank you for the effort they put in. I know tomorrow I can cross paths with anyone and greet them like I did today.”

He also said that he respected the decision of club officials, although he acknowledged that with vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme “things were happening and there were differing opinions throughout this cycle.”

“I didn’t ask for an explanation. Yes, obviously, I accepted the decisions they have to make and I am grateful to the players for the efforts (and) the people of Boca because they always give their support,” he said.

Bataglia took over as coach in mid-2021. During his tenure, he won the Argentina Cup and most recently the League Cup.

He declared, “I am satisfied with this phase leaving two stars (titles) for the institute.”

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