With Figal and Marcos Rojo in doubt, Boca travels to Brazil to face Palmeiras

Boca changes the chip and goes into Copa Libertadores mode. There is not much margin for time nor for error. After the setback in the Superclásico, Jorge Almirón plays a decisive stop against Palm trees this Thursday night and, as a result of that, from early today it already accelerated in the team formation. Although the coach did not stop an eleven, at this time the main news has to do with the fact that Marcos Rojo and Nicolás Figal are in doubt.

The starting central duo moved for the second consecutive training session in a differentiated way from the rest of his Boca teammates and for now It is uncertain whether they will arrive in condition for Thursday. The captain is experiencing muscle discomfort in his calf, while the former Independiente suffers pain in his knee due to a blow. The coaching staff knows their importance, they will wait for them until the last minute and they are optimistic.

The team trained again on a natural grass field and not on synthetic grass.as was Almirón’s initial plan with the aim of players experiencing a kind of acclimatization to what they will find in the Allianz Parque playing fieldalready at noon He took flight to San Pablo non-stop.

Although it is still premature to begin to elucidate a team for the cup revenge since the coach gave no indications, a formation similar to the one that played in the first leg is emerging (waiting for Rojo and Figal)with the doubt of whether Miguel Merentiel will continue as a starter Or Nicolás Valentini will enter in his place to form a line of 5 or another forward but with different characteristics, such as Lucas Janson or Exequiel Zeballos. Even Jorman Campuzano can be an alternative to plague the midfield.

The Boca eleven that is shaping up to play with Palmeiras

Sergio Romero; Luis Advíncula, Nicolás Figal, Marcos Rojo, Nicolás Valentini (or Miguel Merentiel), Frank Fabra; Cristian Medina, Pol Fernández, Ezequiel Fernández, Valentín Barco; Edinson Cavani.

What is the Palmeiras synthetic grass that worries Boca?

The change on the playing field was made in January 2020 and debuted in a match against Mirassol, for the São Paulo championship. Some time later, they installed that surface in one of the training fields so that their players could practice there and get used to it.

It happens that one of the most noticeable changes from synthetic to grass is the speed of the game. On this type of court the ball rolls at much higher speed. In addition, another of the main features is that the playing field is completely level.

At Palmeiras’ home, the field has 5-millimeter cylindrical rubber, called TPE, which is a type of “thermoplastic elastomer,” according to Alessandro Oliveira, president of Soccer Grass, the company responsible for the Allianz Parque works.

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