MADRID – Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto expressed on Friday his disappointment that the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against his side’s archrival and fellow Argentine team, River Plate, would be played in Madrid, not in Buenos Aires as the match had originally been scheduled.
The South American football confederation (Conmebol) postponed the second leg final to Sunday and changed the venue of the game to the Spanish capital’s iconic Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of the famed soccer club Real Madrid.
“What happened 15 days ago happens a lot in South American and Argentine soccer and it is terrible,” Barros Schelotto said at a Friday press conference two days ahead of the second-leg clash.
Conmebol changed the second leg of the final after River Plate supporters attacked Boca’s bus on Nov. 24 with rocks and injured several Boca players ahead of the crucial match, which was supposed to be played on the same day.
“It is time for a change; that a River-Boca match cannot be played in Argentina is unfortunate and it is time to take action and start to set an example,” Barros Schelotto said.
Having played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg on Nov. 11, the second leg should have been played about two weeks later.
Boca’s head coach stressed that the long time elapsed between the first and second legs of the final was not normal.