Boca struggle in spite of Riquelme’s return

Boca Juniors lie in 4th bottom position in the Torneo Final in Argentina after only managing to secure one victory from their opening 10 games.

The return of playmaker and cult hero Juan Roman Riquelme and legendary coach Carlos Bianchi had given Boca supporters hope of an upturn in fortunes after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Torneo Inicial. However, the Buenos Aires club’s decision to recruit two of their former heroes appears to have backfired dramatically. Boca lie 13 points adrift of League leaders Newells Old Boys and it appears as though Boca fans will have to wait a little while longer before the club can celebrate an Argentinean League title for the first time since their Apertura victory of 2011.

Juan Roman Riquelme, who had left the club on a self imposed exodus in August 2012, returned to his boyhood club once more at the beginning of this season, with the aim of replicating the same form that he had achieved previously under the stewardship of Carlos Bianchi, however thus far the famous Boca duo have been unable to repeat their feats of yesteryear.

Fierce Buenos Aires rivals River Plate – who were relegated to the second tier in 2011 – appear to be posing a greater challenge for the Torneo Final title and currently trail Torneo Inicial runners up Newells Old Boys by 2 points.

The Buenos Aires derby between the two clubs will take place in 2 weeks time at Boca’s La Bombanera Stadium.

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