It’s not uncommon for folk to get carried away in the wake of a Superclásico, and it seems ex-Boca captain and all-round club legend Juan Román Riquelme is no exception.
The retired number 10 – who made 370 appearances for the club and is a self-proclaimed fanatico (“I was born a bostero and I will die a bostero“) – made his feelings of discontent loud and clear following Boca’s 3-1 defeat to River Plate on Sunday, in an interview with Fox Sports.
Speaking about Sunday’s game, Riquelme – who suffered a mere three losses in nineteen games versus River – felt Boca did little to merit anything more than a defeat:
“In the Superclásico, of the eleven that played, we didn’t see one of which could be said “he played well, he’s a phenomenon”. For me, it wasn’t a strange game, the best team won… one must accept it when they beat you and look forward.”
Ahead of this weekend’s match against Newell’s Old Boys, however, the four-time Argentine player of the year had a slightly brighter outlook – “if Boca wins against Newell’s on Sunday, they’ll win the league. It’s not complicated.”
He wasn’t quite done with the criticisms, however, and questioned Boca’s perceived superiority over other teams in the division:
“Boca has the same [quality] as the others. A month ago they said they had an equipazo (a great team)… When the results are good, everyone says they’re a marvel. Back then I said wasn’t a serious team and two or three boludos came out to speak nonsense… and now they’re saying Boca aren’t a serious team.”
“I think Boca needs peace of mind, and the coach has to stay calm and sure of what he intends to do… Schelotto was the coach that all the fans wanted… if the president (Daniel Angelici) is sure, he has to extend his contract.”
The midfielder, who also had spells with Spanish sides Villareal and Barcelona, also lamented Boca’s absence from this year’s Copa Libertadores – ten years after he won it as a player – as evidence that the team are on a downward curve.
“If we get to the semi-finals [of next year’s Copa Libertadores] and we don’t win, the fans will feel everything is bad. Before, any young lad that debuted for Boca, it went well. Not today. The golden age has finished.”