Boca Juniors failed to make it a record equalling seventh victory
Boca Juniors failed to make it a record equalling seventh victory in the South American equivalent of the Champions League – Copa Libertadores – after their defeat against Independiente del Valle.
The Ecuadorian side managed to get a 2-1 lead from the first leg. Even though Boca Juniors were confident of making a strong comeback in the second leg at home, they failed to do so and ended up losing 3-2. Striker Carlos Tevez was expected to have a major impact in both these games, but he failed to score. Manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto claimed that the striker was depressed with his inability to help the team win the Copa Libertadores.
Tevez recently returned to Argentine football with his intention of ending his playing career with Boca Juniors. The club have been going through a nine-year wait for the Copa Libertadores title. The return of Tevez after almost a decade was seen as the impetus that the club needed to get the title. Recently, the striker revealed that he had turned down offers from European clubs in order to stay true to his word of retiring in Argentina. Tevez was especially poor in the second leg meeting of the two teams. Since his return, the striker helped the team win the league title in 2015.
“Carlos was hit hard like all of us but he’s going to stay. He already has his head in the second semester.It’s possible he’ll get the (three) days off he’s asked for… but I want to give you a message of calm because he wants to carry on here. He’ll be fine for the future, he’s happy at the club. This is like everything in life, you suffer blows and need to be with your family to recover,” said the Boca Juniors manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto.