Carlos Sanchez is confident that River Plate will beat arch-rivals Boca Juniors
The midfielder believes the fact that both teams find themselves in different divisions will be irrelevant come kick-off time.
River Plate midfielder Carlos Sanchez is confident that his team will beat Boca Juniors when the arch-rivals clash in the eagerly-awaited Argentine superclasico on January 25 in Chaco.
"River will win 2-1," Sanchez declared to Radio Cooperativa program 'De cano vale doble' on Thursday.
Even if the match is still almost two weeks away, there has been ongoing talk about what the final outcome of the encounter will be, especially because for the first time in the history of the derby the teams don't find themselves in the same league division.
"For the quality of both squads, the difference won't be noticeable even if the teams play in different divisions," affirmed the former Godoy Cruz player.
He added: "The pressure will be the same for both teams because of the history between both. As well as this, because of the quality of both squads it will be a very even match and no-one will notice that we are teams from different divisions of the local competition. I'm really looking forward to play it."
Sanchez, at the same time, recalled that he played "three or four matches" with Godoy Cruz from Mendoza against Boca Juniors and he "never lost"a single match.
Boca and River will lock horns during two superclasico games in the Summer: the first is scheduled for January 25 in Chaco, and the rematch for January 29 in Mendoza.
The teams come into the contest in highly contrasting situations, as while Boca Juniors are the reigning Argentine champions after winning the Apertura championship in December, River Plate ended 2011 in second-place of the Argentine second division.