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Gustavo Alfaro admits Arsenal must beat Boca to remain in the Copa Libertadores

March 13, 2012 By Gregory Sica
The highly accomplished coach demands a victory from his troops against the Argentine champions on Wednesday.
Gustavo Alfaro, the coach of Arsenal de Sarandi, admitted that if his team intend to remain "alive" in the Copa Libertadores they have no choice but to win at least one of their two group games against Boca Juniors.

Arsenal, who come into Wednesday's clash with Boca as the underdogs, understand that the Argentine Apertura champions are tough nuts to crack, but nevertheless will do their utmost to claim maximum points.

"In order to remain alive we have to win one of our two games against Boca and if Arsenal beat Boca we will put them in a difficult position," affirmed Alfaro.

Boca, who were unbeaten winners of the Argentine championship last year, have only picked up a single point from two Copa Libertadores games, and on Sunday suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat to Buenos Aires rivals Independiente for the Argentine Clausura championship.

Alfaro admitted that he was surprised by Boca's latest defeat, especially because of the goals they conceded from dead-ball situations, particularly because "their tall defense and a goalkeeper who has a great aerial ability [Agustin Orion]."

The coach went on to state to radio La Red that he will try to "take advantage of the aerial game," of Arsenal, who count with the presence of two high-ball specialists in centre backs Guillermo Burdisso and Lisandro Lopez.

Finally, Alfaro affirmed that his team are more than capable of upsetting Boca, and claiming the victory would surely facilitate entry into the round of 16 stage of the Copa Libertadores, because he is convinced that Arsenal "can beat" Fluminense at home.

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