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Boca 2023 misses the greatest virtue of the League champion: how Ibarra plans to solve it


The Ribera team played 5 games and only scored two goals. It comes little, like last year, but now it doesn't get in.

The beginning of the new season shows


as a continuity of what was the end of


that had him as a two-time champion of Argentine soccer but showing a lack of associated play, speed and certainties from midfield.

However, that team that ended up winning the

Professional League

over Racing showed a plus:

its efficiency


They even went on to win 9 games 1-0 in that incredible stretch towards the Olympic return.

But this beginning of the year does not find it that way.

In the 5 games he played (two were friendlies) he barely scored 2 goals.

And none of his offensive pieces.

They were Roncaglia in the match against Racing in Abu Dhabi and Óscar Romero against Atlético Tucumán.

The rest?

Null contributions


Neither the striker on duty (

Nicolás Orsini

) nor the original substitute for Benedetto (Luis Vázquez) but neither were his wingers, fast and decisive in 2022 but with wet gunpowder at this start:

Villa, Langoni, Zeballos and Briasco played.

Nobody scored.

Is it a supply problem?

It is, of course.

Because Boca generates few chances for its points

, but also a lack of individual resolution in the last meters.

If even

Miguel Merentiel

, who arrived, trained once and jumped onto the Bombonera playing field, he barely touched a couple of balls in the time he had against

Central Córdoba from Santiago del Estero


The last goal by a striker was from Norberto Briasco, against Racing, in the final of the Champions Trophy in San Luis.

The previous one was by Sebastián Villa (on the last date against Independiente) with a free kick, in addition to the goalscoring contribution of Luca Langoni in the final stretch. 

And when was the last goal scored by a Boca center forward?

On October 9, with a conquest by Darío Benedetto against Aldosivi.

11 games have already passed.

The absence of

Darío Benedetto

(he still has three sanction dates left after his expulsion against Racing in the Champions Trophy) is not easy to replace, despite the fact that the striker did not have such an effective 2022 either.

And the arrival of Merentiel speaks of a competition that is sought to raise the weight in the area that

Nicolás Orsini

does not contribute for now and that

Luis Vázquez

(recovering from a tear) did not provide due to physical deficiencies.

And the boy

Gonzalo Morales


Today he lost ground, but the idea of ​​the coaching staff is to alternate him with the Reserve so that he does not lose minutes of competition. 

"We are looking for Merentiel to move as a double 9 next to Nicolás (Orsini) because the rival had closed behind," said Ibarra in relation to what his idea was against Central Córdoba.

Will he repeat it but from the beginning against Talleres?

With Villa as the immovable starting piece, that idea seems to need another type of work.

In a team with so many wingers, there seems to be only one place for the center forward. 

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-02-06

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