Boca parts company with Schelotto after Copa Libertadores loss to River

Five days after losing the Copa Libertadores final to River Plate, Boca Juniors has announced the departure of its coach.

Boca Juniors parts ways with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto hoping for a fresh start.   -  Getty Images

Boca Juniors has parted company with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Club president Daniel Angelici confirmed the news at a media conference on Friday.

"The best thing for Boca is to start the year making a change - search for a new coaching staff and start all over from scratch,"  Angelici told reporters.

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His exit comes only five days after Boca lost the Copa Libertadores final to arch rival River Plate, which won the second leg - moved to Madrid and played almost a month after the first after Boca's bus was attacked en route to El Monumental - 3-1 following extra time.

Boca had appealed for it to be awarded victory after the second leg was twice postponed but was unable to convince CONMEBOL to do so and suffered a 5-3 aggregate loss having been held to a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, with River coming from a goal down to claim victory against Schelotto's side, who had Wilmar Barrios sent off in extra time.

Domestically it has so far been an underwhelming season for Boca, which will restart its camapign next month 12 points behind leader Racing Club in the Superliga.

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