“Those who are in the day-to-day life say that they see him well, that they see him happy.” At the beginning of his cycle in Boca, Diego Martínez placed Darío Benedetto as the third center forward. Miguel Merentiel plays everything and for everyone. He is untouchable. Edinson Cavani still fights against his pain and frustration. And then, Pipa. This is how the order of the coach's decisions was reflected.
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Against Tigre, Benedetto caught up with Paulo Valentim, Brazilian glory in black and white, by scoring his seventy-first goal. He is already among the twenty top scorers in Boca history. Its alot. The total of goals is closer to the Pipa that flew in Guillermo's formations, but the goal in Victoria is present time and is worth recognizing.
The last Benedetto does not have speed on the long run, logically, but he makes up for it with more skill to rebound the ball and generate space for his teammates. And if scorers must be evaluated by their effectiveness, against Matador, the attacker needed two opportunities to score the first.
Darío Benedetto scored Boca's second goal against Tigre. (Photo: Photo Baires)
What changed, then, in the dynamics of this footballer? Diego Martínez's “they see him happy” explains an important part. The human is indivisible from sports performance. Focused Benedetto is a much better footballer than the version that exposed him, on several occasions, uncontrolled.
Who should play, then, alongside Miguel Merentiel? It doesn't seem to be a dilemma for the coach. Even given how the Uruguayan Cavani and Benedetto himself are delayed, in some contexts of the game the three could coexist.
The last Benedetto, in his last cycle in Boca, deserves this version. Strident, sometimes imposed, leadership is of no use. His way, with goals, is how he builds ascendancy. It's just a beginning. It's just one goal to build a victory. Contrasted with rumors of sale due to the vagaries of life or indiscipline, it is another great starting point.