‘Uol’ columnist Rafael Reis analyzed the Boca Juniors players that Palmeiras needs to keep an eye on in the dispute between the clubs for the grand final of the Copa Libertadores.
To begin with, Sergio Romero, the hero of Boca Juniors’ qualification for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores de América and who was Manchester United’s goalkeeper for six seasons.
Thus, on the English team he also played with defender Marcos Rojo, who is now the captain of the Argentine team, and also Uruguayan center forward Edinson Cavani, the second highest scorer in PSG’s history.
In this sense, Palmeiras’ opponents for a place in the Copa Libertadores decision, have many players who have had a beautiful history in Europe’s main leagues.
Therefore, in total, the Boca Juniors squad has nine players who played, at some point in their career, in Europe, which is to say that they have a lot of international experience.
It is worth mentioning that Cavani, Romero and Rojo are the most famous, but Boca also has attacking midfielder Ezequiel Ballaude, Dutch champion with Feyenoord; defender Facundo Roncaglia, who played for teams such as Valencia, Celta and Fiorentina; left-back Marcelo Saracchi, who played for RB Leipzig; and center forward Darío Benedetto who played for Olympique de Marseille.
Conversely, the Palm trees Today, among the starters, only defenders Gustavo Gómez (Milan) and Murilo (Lokomotiv Moscow) played in Europe.
Still, sidelined by injury and out of action until the end of the season, striker Dudu would be the third name, as he previously played for Dynamo Kiev.
Palmeiras’ opponent is not coming off a good campaign in the competition
However, Boca Juniors is far from having a good campaign in the Copa Libertadores, and the team has yet to get into gear.
Despite finishing as leader of their group in the group stage, they were defeated by Deportivo Pereira, whom Palmeiras beat 4-0, and also had a draw with Monagas, from Venezuela.
Finally, after reaching the decisive knockout stages, Boca Juniors still haven’t won a match, with two draws against Nacional-URU and two more in the classic against Racing.