Unveiling the Boca vs. Fluminense Showdown: Copa Libertadores Final at Maracaná Stadium

2023-11-04 10:59:00

(CNN Spanish) — Boca and Fluminense seek to lift the Copa Libertadores in the legendary Maracaná stadium.

They are two giants in their respective countries. One, Boca, from Argentina, with a great history in the most prestigious Conmebol competition. The other, Fluminense, from Brazil, which is seeking its first conquest in the tournament, the most important at the club level on the continent. Both have arguments to cement their dreams of champions: teams with hierarchy, high competitiveness in their structure and technical bodies capable of overcoming adversity.

Boca, faced with the great opportunity to achieve its seventh conquest

The team led by Jorge Almirón is not one of those that dazzles. His main strategy is orderly positioning and tactical mobility that never strays from that order. The xeneize has the virtue of practicality: solidity in all its lines and very high competitiveness. This leads him to stand firm against the skills of his rivals. He seeks to dismantle the opponent’s quality and then impose conditions with his own weapons.

Almirón will present a 4 – 4 – 2 tactical system

On the right side, Boca is betting on the Peruvian Luis Advíncula, who in addition to defensive security offers projection with surprise, finishing and goal card. On the left, Frank Fabra is a player without as much vigor but with more technique. He partners with Valentín Barco in the midfield and both triangulate with the forward who appears on that wing. That left sector is a dangerous tool with which Almirón’s team knows how to hurt rivals.

In the central defense, Figal is pure temperament and physical strength. The person who will not be present in the game is neither more nor less than Marcos Rojo (suspended), a significant loss due to the experience and skill that he usually brings. His replacement, the young Nicolás Valentini, has already demonstrated personality and strength in the brand.

The two Fernández, Pol and Equi, make up the tactical clock of the Xeneize midfield. They don’t look like the big stars, but they give order to the team. They reduce the opponent’s spaces, recover the ball and compensate for the defensive imbalances generated by the process of the game. Both are vital, as well as Cristian Medina, one of the most important players on the team due to his clarity of play and technical wealth to dismantle the rival’s pressure. Medina has arrival, finishing and ability to assist. Indispensable.

Up front, the Uruguayan Miguel Merentiel is a tireless arrow who appears throughout the attack front and harasses the rival defensive system. He has a goal, good reading to find free spaces and speed to offer himself as an alternative pass to his teammates.

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani only scored one goal in this Copa Libertadores but his influence is tremendous. He infects his teammates and intimidates his rivals. He moves around the area like a gazelle. He knows like no one else what to do at every moment of the game and he is always located where he asks for each play. He has a header, a shot, a goal and experience. You could say he has it all.

The most decisive figure of the team in the tournament is the goalkeeper, Sergio “Chiquito” Romero. His enormous performance has been fundamental during the matches and decisive in the penalty series in the round of 16 against Nacional, in the quarterfinals against Racing and in the semifinal against Palmeiras.
Boca is one of the teams with the most history in the Copa Libertadores. So far, he has played 11 finals in the tournament, of which he has won six. His continental ancestry allows him to dream of a new conquest.

Fluminense and its dream of glory

Flu has an admirable quality in its game. It is made up of high-level players and they have the guidance of a brilliant coach like Fernando Diniz, current interim coach of the Brazil National Team.

Diniz bets at 4 – 3 – 3

Like every Brazilian team, with the ball at their feet they intimidate their rivals. River Plate itself knows this, the Argentine giant who received a football beating in the group stage that ended 5-1 at the Maracaná. He also has the character to face adversity, as happened to him in the semifinals. They lost 0-1 as a visitor against a great team (perhaps better), like Internacional de Porto Alegre, and with two blows at the end they turned the score around. It is a brilliant and very careful team for Boca.

Their goalkeeper, Fabio, is a guarantee. Confident, agile and confident, he tries to play with his feet on many occasions. Their leader in defense is Nino, who would arrive just enough for the decisive duel due to an untimely knee injury. He has a lot of experience and, together with the historic Felipe Melo, they make up a top-class central duo. Samuel Xavier is the temperamental but slow full-back on the right. And Marcelo, the captain, who for years was a registered trademark of Real Madrid, represents a morale weapon in the Rio team. He has a mark and knows how to play like an attacker.

In the midfield, André and Ganso make up Flu’s tactical scaffolding. André is judicious and very useful in ordering his team from the left. Goose, in the middle, is the brain. Plus, he has a brush to put surgical passes between the lines.

Arias is deployed and organizes circuits of touches and projections. Keno is a striker who plays, above all, on the left side of the attack. He is fast, strong and has technique. John Kennedy is a center forward of great qualities, tireless and with the rival goal between his eyebrows. And finally, the Argentine Germán Cano is the lethal weapon for the goal. He has been Flu’s most important player in the Libertadores, with 12 goals in the competition. He does not need much time or large spaces to hurt his rival.

His greatest virtue is the offensive transition. They are fast, accurate players with a lot of scoring power. The essential arguments to lift the Cup.

Fluminense played only one Copa Libertadores final and lost it. It was in 2008, against the Quito University League, which was won on penalties at the Maracaná itself.

Possible teams

Boca Juniors:

Sergio Romero; Luis Advíncula, Nicolás Figal, Nicolás Valentini, Frank Fabra; Cristian Medina, Pol Fernández, Equi Fernández, Valentín Barco; Edinson Cavani and Miguel Merentiel.


Fabius; Samuel Xavier, Nino, Felipe Melo, Marcelo; André, Ganso, Arias; Keno, John Kennedy and Germán Cano.

Meeting details

64th Final of the Conmebol Copa Libertadores
Day: Saturday, November 4
Stadium: Maracana
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)


5pm Brazil – Argentina – Uruguay – Chile – Paraguay
4pm Bolivia – Venezuela
3pm Colombia – Ecuador – Peru
2pm Mexico (Mexico City)

Argentina: Fox Sports , Telefe, Star+
Mexico: ESPN
United States: beIN Sports and beIN Sports in Spanish

Argentina: Star+, Pluto TV, Flow, DGo and Telecentro Play
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