Boca Juniors: Battaglia will continue as DT for another year

Sebastián Battaglia will continue to be Boca Juniors coach until December 2022, after the agreement reached on Tuesday night with the Soccer Council of the Ribera club headed by Juan Román Riquelme and with former club footballers Marcelo Delgado, Jorge Bermúdez and Raúl Cascini.

The principle of agreement that had been outlined after Boca’s trip to Saudi Arabia, where he beat Barcelona on penalties, ended on Tuesday night during the centa that the coach held with the members of the Soccer Council, in the that several issues were discussed in addition to continuity, such as reinforcements and departures for next year, and the preseason that will be held at the club’s premises in Ezeiza from January 5.

In terms of reinforcements, the cannons will be aimed especially at attack positions and the names that are being considered to arrive are those of the Paraguayan Angel Romero, the Colombian Roger Martínez and Facundo Farías, the great promise of Colón. While the Colombian Edwin Cardona, who will return to Tijuana, from Mexico, and possibly his compatriot Sebastián Villa will be transferred to Dinamo, from Moscow, while the also Mexican Cruz Azul is in talks to take the Peruvian central defender Carlos Zambrano .

Of those who return to the club after completing their loans, only defender Gastón Avila, who comes from Rosario Central, will remain, while they will negotiate forwards Walter Bou (could continue in Defense and Justice), Ramón Abila (arrives from DC United of Los United States) and Mateo Retegui (Workshops, from Córdoba).

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Battaglia took office on August 17 of last year after directing the reserve in replacement of Miguel Russo and his first title was with the recent Copa Argentina, while as a footballer he obtained 17 with the auriazul shirt. He also won the Maradona Cup in the aforementioned confrontation with Barcelona. Since taking the reins of the first team, Battaglia has led 23 games, with 12 wins, 7 draws, 4 losses, with 35 goals for and 15 against.

Boca’s main objective for the year that begins will be to achieve the seventh Copa Libertadores, beyond the Professional League and again the Argentine Cup.

With the confirmation of Battaglia in Boca, the rumor that pointed to Eduardo Domínguez, who resigned from the leadership of Colón, was discarded as a possible replacement. After obtaining the Maradona Cup, Battaglia had said: “I would like to continue, Boca is my home”, and it will be.


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