The exercise of the drummer was already in line with the rhythm of the heart; the baton is carried by bombo (tac, tac, tac), everything is ready for the most important event in the history of South American football: the Copa Libertadores final. And that's not the only one on Saturday (3:00, Fox Sports) will be Boca Juniors and River Plate, the two most famous clubs in Argentina, which have a huge popularity in the world. And there will be five Colombian: Rafael Santos Borre and Juan Fernando Quintero, in the river, and Wilmar Barrios, Sebastian Villa and Edwin Cardon, with Boca.
But the reality of national football players is different and paradoxical. Two of the most talented players are not going to take part: Quintero will be on the bench and Cardon will go to the stand, it will not be an alternative.
Those who will be owned will be Barrios, Villa and Borre. The first one was five minutes to get applause and five games for the first ovation, which has already become a habit among Boca fans: "Ole, oles, oles, oles, blacks, blacks." The game Barrios is the only DNA xeneize to beat, let go and push without rest, the reason why it was not so difficult to get into Boca's heart.
Villa and Borre were more complex because they had to compete with the well-known names in Boca and the river. The villa, which cost Boca $ 2 million, is above a model like Tevez and one of the most controversial reinforcements, like Sparrow, which was about $ 3 million. And Borre, who took advantage of the low performances of Ignacio Scocco and Rodrigo Mora, was fatal during Libertadores: he recorded in three victories that the River played until the finals (Racing, Independiente and Gremio).
There is no revenge
In Argentina they are responsible for constantly repeating that it is not a matter of life or death that the next day will normally follow the life of football matches where the winner is and be defeated; and yes, they will be right, life will continue, but whoever loses bears the burden on his back during what's left of his existence that he will never forget.
Boca Juniors and River Plate Presidents Daniel Angelici and Rodolfo Donaldo and Conmebol Alejandro Dominguez in Buenos Aires said fans should live first Superclásico from the Copa Libertadores 2018 final in a quiet way
At a joint press conference in front of Bombonera de Boca's first stage this Saturday, in which there will be no visitor, Angelici asked her to "enjoy the peace and the family", while Onofrio insisted that we must demonstrate that " there are no cracks in Argentina that football can be a bridge between two clubs. "
But the truth is that this final will be the last one to play with the rounds; from the second year he will be in a neutral race, so Boca and the Greek are never perfect revenge because now (because Conmebol says one thing is saying the other) because they will not have the opportunity to play the finals in their mythic stadiums: La Bombonera de Boca and El Monumental de Núñez.
The neighboring classic, which has become a global phenomenon, paralyzes the world of football on Saturday, as well as the next Saturday, November 24, when a renowned team of eternal glory is on the river by the river.
CAMILO MANRIQUE V.
EL TIEMPO Editor
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