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Boca coach regrets focus on violence ahead of Libertadores final

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Boca coach regrets focus on violence ahead of Libertadores finalBoca coach regrets off field incidents are the focus ahead of Libertadores final

Boca coach regrets focus on violence ahead of Libertadores final


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "Regrettably we don't learn, we keep repeating the same mistakes and the only damaged thing is the figure of Argentine and South American football.

Today we should be talking about that both River and Boca placed Argentine football at the highest level of club football because they will be playing for the first time a Libertadores final and they were the best two teams of the Copa Libertadores, but we are talking about violence.

Regrettably, we lost again." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "To play this final we had to travel one week before, we played the first leg around one month ago, it's a very long period of time between both matches.

The truth is the atmosphere is not the one we are used to and what I would have chosen as a coach, like even this trip to Europe, but I understand River is in the same situation and that things were out of our hands beyond what players and coaches want." STORY: Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said on Friday (December 7) he regretted the biggest match in South American history being overshadowed by problems off the pitch.

Boca will play fierce rivals River Plate in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sunday (December 9).

The game was originally scheduled to take place on November 24 but was called off after several Boca players sustained injuries when rocks were thrown at their team bus as it arrived at River's Monumental stadium.

South America's football confederation (CONMEBOL) initially postponed the game by a day before calling it off again and switching it from the Argentine capital to Madrid, a move that has been met with loud protests from both clubs.

Schelotto said all the events of the last two weeks have detracted from the match which is finely poised at 2-2 after the first leg.

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