The old adage that 'you should never go back' may have been popping into the mind of Carlos Bianchi of Boca Juniors over the preceding weeks. The legendary manager returned to the club last month for the 3rd time, but this time as technical director (think a more successful version of David Pleat with better suits). All is well on the field after securing the 2008 Apertura which seemed unlikely for long periods and also Saturday's win over River in the Torneo de Verano; although at Casa Amarilla things are less settled, Ischia's handling of certain players has resulted in some major headaches for the management team ahead of the Clasura. Despite claims that he wouldn't be involved in general team affairs the current conflicts have seen him dragged into the melee.
'Boca have ruined my career' moaned attacking midfielder Lucas Castroman to sports daily Ole. It has to be said that the player was hardly in the form of his life prior to joining Boca but he lays the blame for this firmly at the door of coach Carlos Ischia. He cites lack of first team chances coupled with an equal lack of explanation as to why he's being left out. So what next? If his wishes are granted a return to his first club Velez Sarsfield could be on the cards, particularly if the Fabbiani transfer to River goes through. 'I'm thirsty for revenge' I doubt whether Los Xeneizes are quaking in their boots.
Velez could also benefit from an even more poisonous spat between Boca and one time first choice goalkeeper Mauricio Caranta. Details are sketchy on the personal problems that Caranta refers to in interviews, alluding to issues with his daughter. One thing is for sure the boss and the keeper have had a major falling out. Either Caranta finds another club or he rots in the reserves. In view of the lack of details I'll call the whole affair a 'clash of personalities'. The player has today threatened to take legal action as this is the only option he feels is open to him now. 'My mother has been on the verge of a heart attack, my wife aswell' perhaps medical advice should be his more immediate concern. With one 'keeper ostracised the club this week welcomed back Roberto Abbondanzieri from Getafe.
One in, one out, keep moving.