BUENOS AIRES - Claudio Borghi quit as
coach of Boca Juniors on Wednesday following the 1-0 defeat at
arch-rivals River Plate.
River beat Boca on Tuesday in the "superclasico", the
biggest derby in Argentine football, leaving them 15th in the
Apertura championship with 17 points from 14 matches and seven
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"After the match we (the coaching staff) took the decision
not to be Boca's trainers any more," Borghi told a news
"The results have not been as good as we all expected,
players, directors, fans, coaching staff. There are more bad
things than good on a sporting level."
Former Argentina striker Borghi, who steered Argentinos
Juniors to the title in the previous Clausura championship and
took charge of Boca in May, said he felt the club would benefit
from a change.
"There's a saying that 'a debutant coach wins'. The one who
leaves takes some of the pressure with him and the one who comes
in arrives lighter," the 46-year-old said.
Borghi was a member of Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning
squad and also helped Argentinos Juniors win the South American
Libertadores Cup in 1985.
Many observers had wondered if he would stay at Boca until
the end of the season in June and when Marcelo Bielsa quit as
Chile coach two weeks ago, Borghi was linked with the job
because of family ties in the neighbouring country.
"To be denying rumours ever day is tough. Boca is like
making love with the window open, you don't have any intimacy,"
Borghi made his name as a coach in Chile, having ended his
playing career there. He steered Colo Colo to four successive
titles and the 2006 Copa Sudamericana final.
Youth coach Roberto Pompei will take charge of Boca as
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