Madness and magic from Maradona’s motherland
Managers come and go, but one always remains a fan of the team. It's the law. And no matter how much you hate the gaffer, you wish the team well.
Maradona, never one to hide his rancor, hates Boca Junior's boss Carlo Isichia (he once called him a 'big fat steak'), but is there week in week out, following them around the world.
However, his mood has considerably dampened in recent years; no longer seen hanging off his executive box in La Bombonera, being held onto desperately by his security guards in case the top-heavy genius topples over. No, now he is more likely to be seen sucking coke (not that sort, he's all clear) grumpily watching his beloved Boca do, well, alright.
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After losing their Copa Libertadores game in Mexico he merely uttered to the press "well, what happened had to happen" implying that Boca have to lose to get rid of Isichia.
Now, after San Lorenzo's emphatic victory over Venezuelans Caracas which saw the centenary team progress to the second stage for the first time in six years, Maradona came out and said "San Lorenzo are going to win the Copa."
Coach Ramón Díaz, an Argentine, and therefore holds Maradona somewhere above Allah and just a bit below the Virgin Mary in deity status, blames the win on his presence, hoping he will come again.
God, who has played for San Lorenzo twice in his life, said, 'I'm just a fan of football.' But it can't sit well with Boca who still have a somewhat slim chance of progressing into the second stage, unlike underdogs Estudiantes and Lanús who both qualified after wins on Tuesday night. Tonight River play a key game against Universidad de San Martin. As long as they don't lose by two goals they are through.
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