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Guillermo Barros Schelotto to leave Boca Juniors after Copa Libertadores loss

Xeneize's defeat against River in Copa Libertadores final in Madrid was head coach's last match in charge of the club, sources close to the club confirmed to multiple outlets tonight.

Thursday 13 December, 2018
Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Foto:AP/Manu Fernandez

Guillermo Barros Schelotto will leave his post as head coach of Boca Juniors, according to reports in local outlets.

The Xeneize's defeat against River Plate in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid was his last match in charge of the club, sources close to the club confirmed to multiple outlets tonight.

The news runs contrary to reports yesterday, suggesting Club President Daniel Angelici was ready to offer the ex-Boca player a new one-year contract.

Barros Schelotto, 45, took charge of the Buenos Aires giant in March 2016, succeeding Rodolfo Arruabarrena, but it seems the 3-1 defeat to the club's arch-rivals has brought his time in charge to an end.

He led the club to the league title twice (2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons), but could not deliver glory in the Libertadores, which Boca have not won since 2007.

According to reports in Perfil and Clarín, Angelici has already drawn up a list of potential replacements, with Nicolás Burdisso one of the early front-runners for the post. Infobae, meanwhile, said that legendary Boca playmaker Juan Román Riquelme is also under consideration.

Other names thrown around, perhaps somewhat pre-emptively, by local outlets include coaches with links to the club, such as Rolando Schiavi, Martín Palermo and Miguel Ángel Russo. 

Barros Schelotto, who spent 10 seasons in the blue-and-yellow strip as a player, led Boca for 117 games in total, winning 63 of those matches, with 31 draws and 23 defeats. 

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