Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said Argentinian football had lost to violence during a press conference in Las Rozas on Thursday, ahead of the second leg of the Libertadores Cup final which sees his team facing arch-rivals River Plate.
"Unfortunately we don't learn more and it seems that we make the same mistakes over and over again but the only thing that is harmed is the image of football in Argentina and in South America," Barros Schelotto said on fan violence that forced the match to be moved to Madrid. "We should be talking today about how both River and Boca have put Argentinian football at the highest possible level in the world as far as clubs go. And we are talking about violence. Again, we have lost to violence."
Commenting on the match, Barros Schelotto predicted it would be "tighter" than the first leg. "In the first leg there were 11 players at risk of missing the second leg because of yellow cards so there were not many tackles. I think that in this match it will be different."
The Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday after a draw in the first leg. It is widely seen as the most important game in Argentina's football history.
The match was originally scheduled for November 24 at River's Monumental stadium. It was twice postponed after Boca players were injured in a bus attack by home fans throwing projectiles.