Vladimir BianchiniNov 3, 2023, 06:03Reading: 4 min.
It is no wonder that the Boca Juniorsopponent of Fluminense in the decision of CONMEBOL Libertadoresthis Saturday (4), at 5pm (Brasília time), with live broadcast on ESPN on Star+, has the reputation of being a great executioner of Brazilian teams. Of the six titles it won, the Argentine team defeated four teams from the neighboring country in the finals: cruise (1977), Palm trees (2000), Santos (2003) and Guild (2007).
For the former defender xeneize Rolando Schiavi, the Buenos Aires team created a tradition that intimidates opponents in the continental tournament.
“I believe that a mystique has been formed about what Boca is. I believe that all Brazilian teams have a lot of respect for Boca. They have always demonstrated this every time they have been to Brazil throughout history. I think that Boca has made a very good in the Libertadores and that Brazilian teams made very big mistakes”, said the current commentator of ESPN Argentinato the ESPN.com.br.
The former defender played in four Libertadores finals in Brazil. Acting for Boca, Grêmio and Studentshe lifted the cup twice and was runner-up on the other two.
The first time he decided the competition in the country it was for the team xeneize in 2003, against Santos de Diego and Robinho. In the first game, Argentina won at Bombonera 2-0 (two goals from Delgado). In the return match, they lifted the cup at Morumbi with a 3-1 victory.
“There was a backbone of previous achievements and Santos was a very strong team, with very good players. It was demonstrated that Boca, both at home and away, were superior. So much so that later the team became world champions (against Milan). At home we made the difference and as visitors we managed to achieve the game we wanted”.
In 2007, Schiavi defended Grêmio, led by Mano Menezes at the time, who failed to beat Boca in the final. The Brazilian team was defeated in Buenos Aires 3-0 and then lost 2-0 at the old Olympic Stadium with a show from Juan Román Riquelme.
“The truth is that I had a lot of fun during my stay in Porto Alegre and I made a lot of friends. It was for a short time, but I was lucky enough to be with a great group and we reached the final of the Libertadores, but we faced a very strong Boca, who had We won all the games very well. We suffered against Boca, who had a very experienced team and knew how to manage the second leg. They won fairly, but we had a very good Libertadores.”
The defender was in Brazil for the third time with Estudiantes, which had midfielder Verón and striker Mauro Boselli. The opponent was Cruzeiro, owned by goalkeeper Fábio, currently at Fluminense.
After a goalless draw in La Plata, the Argentine team surprisingly won 2-1 in the Mineirão.
“I think that championship with problems was also very good. I only entered the semi-finals. I believe that the team had a great hunger for glory and it was demonstrated in every game that they were on the verge of winning everywhere. And it was a game very tough because we lost away from home”.
Schiavi believes that Fábio, at 43 years old and playing at a high level, will do everything he can to lift the continental trophy.
“He’s a goalkeeper who played in two finals and because he lost that year, he’s now trying to get a revenge. It will be something very good for him, because it’s not something that happens every day,” he said.
The last time the defender played in a tournament decision was for Boca Juniors in 2012, against Corinthians. He finished second after a 1-1 draw at Bombonera and a 2-0 defeat at Pacaembu.
It was the Brazilian team’s only achievement in the competition.
“We really didn’t make a difference here as hosts. Everyone knows that there was a problem with Román (Riquelme), who said before the game that he wasn’t going to continue. And well, I think it was a very hard blow for everyone, because we didn’t It went down very well with some of the group because many of them were friends. We left feeling surprised and didn’t have our heads straight during the matches.”
For the 2023 final, Schiavi believes that the Argentine team will need to try to nullify the opponent’s main qualities to emerge champions of the Libertadores for the seventh time.
“I think Boca needs to be calm and try to take advantage of the opportunities they will have. It’s about trying to press very well, because Fluminense is a team that tries to play a lot on the ground from the defense. If they press as a block, I think they have the possibility of recover the ball quickly and try to get to the opponent’s goal quickly.”
“Playing in a final is always beautiful! Both for the home team and the visitor. It’s beautiful to see your people. The stadium will be divided, that will be important. Whoever deserves it more will have to win. I hope it will be a beautiful match.”
Where to watch Boca Juniors x Fluminense in the Libertadores?
Boca Juniors It is Fluminense face each other on November 4th, at 5pm, at the Maracanã Stadium, by the decision of the CONMEBOL Libertadoreswith live broadcast on ESPN on Star+.