San Lorenzo’s players and fans can’t believe their luck after Ramón Díaz’s decision to stay with them rather than going back to River Plate, but they were perhaps just as fortunate in Friday night’s match with Olimpo. Díaz’s two sons were both in the squad (Emiliano started, Michel was an unused substitute) but the team, united again under their father figure, struggled for penetration.
They did eventually find a way through, Néstor Silvera bagging the game’s only goal with four minutes remaining, but playing badly and winning is not to be the mark of this year’s champions. If Díaz wants to reach his stated aim of taking San Lorenzo to a Copa Libertadores title, they’ll have to do a bit better than this. But the fact that the defeat sends Olimpo into the relegation spots is the perfect reminder for the outgoing champions that they’ve got it comparatively good. The manager’s staying – and they’re still winning. Performance aside, it’s not been a bad two days for the extended family in Boedo.