There are some do-or-die matches coming up in the Torneo Apertura this weekend. Boca Juniors have to win to keep Claudio Borghi in a job, and play Vélez Sarsfield, never easy opponents at the best of times. And Borghi’s got no fewer than four changes (and possibly one or two more) planned for Sunday’s game, if Thursday’s training sessions are anything to by.
Boca fans are likely to see at least four changes to the team that lost so limply to All Boys on Sunday evening. Cristian Cellay will move back into the defence, which will mean Gary Medel gets pushed forward into the midfield again to play as the second cinco in Borghi’s preferred formation. As such, Jesús Méndez will be dropped to the bench. Clemente Rodríguez – normally a left back – will come in as a right-sided midfielder. And Cristian Chávez, who returned from injury against All Boys, will start as the enganche. One remaining doubt is up front, where Lucas Viatri, who’s not been fully fit recently, is still training with the reserve team but could come back in. As such, either he or Pablo Mouche will be Martín Palermo’s partner up front.
Whilst Juan Román Riquelme could be out for as much as another ten weeks, either Borghi or his replacement (as mentioned yesterday, he’s already said he’ll walk if Boca don’t win on Sunday) will have Fabián Monzón at their disposal to use at full back or in midfield as well. The player has failed to agree a contract with clubs in either Ukraine or Italy, and as such returned to Buenos Aires today. Riquelme watched the session from the stands, whilst sipping on a mate. Chávez will have to step up in his absence if Boca’s lack of goals is to stop being an issue.
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