Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo's Santos receives the powerful Boca Juniors on Wednesday in search of a place in the final after 10 years, when they were crowned in the 2011 season against Peñarol with that generation led by the star Neymar.
After the first leg last week that ended without damage, in La Bombonera, the peixe does not want a margin of error this Wednesday in his fiefdom of Vila Belmiro, against a xeneize who did not look correct in his yard. The Rio de Janeiro team dominated the game, but failed to specify, having the controversial play in which they were denied a penalty.
The offensive of the coach "Cuca" is commanded by the Vinotinto Soteldo and the attacker Marinho, who are the fundamental weapon in the Brazilian attack. In addition, both pieces left a full exhibition in the first leg in Argentina, where the llanero was praised by the Argentine media, after returning to the rectangle after being absent in his recovery due to the covid-19.
“We have our feet on the ground. We have to work to make a great game against Boca ", said the pilot" Cuca "in the previous one.
Pele was crowned
On September 4, 1963, Santos de Pelé, Coutinho and Gilmar defeated Boca 3-2 at the Maracana. The return of the final of that Libertadores, seven days later, at the home of the Argentines, was another victory (2-1) with a goal from the "King" and was the second Libertadores in the showcase of the Albinegro team.
Almost sixty years later, a new generation, led by Alexi Stival “Cuca”, aims to make the peixe the first four-time champion of the Libertadores in Brazil, with the South American temple, where the final will be played on January 30 at the Maracana.
Way to seventh
A draw with goals is enough for Boca to fight for his seventh Libertadores, with which he would equal Independiente de Avellaneda as the top winner of the American tournament.
Without a showy game, but with the strength of their individualities and a shrewd coach like Miguel Ángel Russo, the Xeneizes landed in Brazil after qualifying for the final of the Maradona Cup in Argentina on Saturday.
“This group is very good, in the head, mainly. We also have a lot of physical and mental demands, because we always have the obligation to reach the finals, at the very least, ”said strategist Russo.
Jorman Campuzano, defensive axis of the midfield, is relieved of a muscular injury and would be a first baseman. The Colombian midfielder would once again form a duo with Nicolás Capaldo, in a block that will work as a backup for Eduardo Salvio, Sebastián Villa, Franco Soldano and Carlos Tevez in the Boquense offensive.