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Sebastian Battaglia and his dismissal from Boca: “It hurt the way I left”

Sebastian Battaglia, Two weeks before Boca’s untimely ouster from the technical management, the day the team was relegated from the Copa Libertadores, he spoke deeply about the pivotal moment, in an interview he had with America TV on the program “Animals”. Loose”. , “It hurt me the way I had to leave Boca. When he told me that I was going to coach Boca, he came to my house, we talked about it and I accepted it, i like it nowthat we should talk a little more, as it should be, ”said Battaglia. The context was clear to the contrary: was dumped at a gas station On 6 July, the afternoon after a defeat against the Corinthians following the definition of a penalty in the Round of 16 of the Cup.

“He didn’t tell me why, though I didn’t ask why he appointed me, but these are his decisions. I have my own beliefs and I accept the decisions.” ,The day after elimination, they wouldn’t let me lie, I told my players there was a tournament to fight and they had to get up, He was in training. Then came the decisions that were made and those are the decisions to be taken,” he revealed with the usual slow tone.

Boca squad chief Hugo Ibarra after Battaglia’s sackingmouth press

Bataglia took over Boca’s technical direction in August last year, replacing Miguel Angel Rousseau. He was the most winning player in the club’s history with 17 titles and one of its biggest idols, his entire life at the institution, when he was 15 years old. As a coach, he won two more titles, the 2021 Copa Argentina and the 2022 League Cup.And his departure attracted attention because of form and because he was replaced by Reserve Division coach Hugo Benjamin Ibarra, who will be DT until at least the end of the year.

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The now former DT from Boca was fired by the football council made up of Jorge Bermudez, Ral Cassini, Marcelo Delgado and Mauricio Serna, all four in a straight line with Juan Roman Riquelme, with absolute power in the club’s professional management. was the Vice President. youth football. “I’m cool because of the work we were doing” At a group and team level, the promotion of identity, youth, is a long-term project”, commented Battaglia, who in his time as a player was a fellow of all members of the Football Council and Riquelme, in a successful cycle. Carlos Bianchi as DT and along with other coaches.

Sebastian Battaglia rests his players after losing on penalties to Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores round of 16.  that defeat sealed his fate
Sebastian Battaglia rests his players after losing on penalties to Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores round of 16. that defeat sealed his fate

Battaglia acknowledged that his reaction at the press conference after the elimination against the Corinthians could have been the trigger for his dismissal, calling that remark “timeless”. At the press conference that night he was advised about the lack of reinforcements and the departure of some key players (such as Eduardo “Toto” Salvio) and replied: “There are issues that one raises and they have to be resolved from there.” time they have to be resolved and they were not resolved. What’s more, the important boys are gone, or the ones that were important, but they are situations that I can’t handle”, he said. Answering a question he asked me, perhaps I should have mentioned the topic of reinforcement earlier. I talk I always planned everything. But I talked about it to people who had to talk about it. I never felt that I was going to offend my players or anyone, maybe it was timeless, it could have been the first day or two later”, Battaglia analyzed.

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Santa Fe admitted that he did not have much communication with Riquelme, in a surprising remark because Roman had announced on more than one occasion that they had a permanent conversation. ,we speak very little with roman, I didn’t talk when I got out. I would have liked to have a football talk with him. I spoke more with the council, and I would love to talk more with her,” he said. And that left the door open for his next move, now far from Boca: “My career is just starting, I’m going to continue elsewhere,” she admitted.

Happy Battaglia, the day Boca won the League Cup final against Tigre in Córdoba
Happy Battaglia, the day Boca won the League Cup final against Tigre in Córdobaphotobares
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