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Garnero believes the absence of Riquelme will boost San Martin's chances against Boca

March 18, 2012 By Gregory Sica
The San Martin coach is convinced that not having to face Riquelme will play to his side's advantage as they welcome the Argentine giants to San Juan on Sunday.
Daniel Garnero, the coach of San Martin de San Juan, admitted that his team will have greater possibilities of beating Boca Juniors on Sunday if playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme is absent.

San Martin will be hoping to defeat Boca for the first time in their entire history, and according to the coach Riquelme's absence will be a point in advantage for his side.

"For one of the best players not to play will surely suit us. With him [Riquelme on the field] you need more resources because he neither needs time nor space like other players do," affirmed Garnero.

San Martin, who have not won in their past three games, will do their utmost to upset the Argentine champions at the Bicentenario stadium with their firm defense being their greatest strength.

"We have to be totally concentrated and we have to be very precise and effective in order to take advantage of what we generate. Other sides may have generated more chances against Boca in these last few games, but they have a defensive structure which is very strong, and very dangerous strikers," explained the coach.

Boca coach, Julio Falcioni, may be unable to count with the attacking flair of Riquelme against San Martin, but he will be able to rely on the services of Santiago Silva and Pablo Mouche, Boca's two most prolific strikers.

The Buenos Aires heavyweights come into the game on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat to rivals Independiente at the Bombonera stadium in their last league fixture.

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