After their 2-0 defeat at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Boca Juniors will need to score at least twice against Internacional to maintain possibilities of reaching the semifinal stage of the Copa Sudamericana.
Boca, the most successful club in the short history of the competition, needs to be at its very best to win the match. Regardless, Boca coach Carlos Ischia has named a very young squad that only includes two regular starters, Javier Garcia and Pablo Mouche.
Ischia has affirmed that Boca's main priority is the Argentine Apertura Championship, and for this reason he has overlooked his starters for this competition. On Tuesday he admitted however, that Juan Roman Riquelme could jump onto the field if Boca needs his services.
The Argentine league leaders still boast a very strong squad, with the likes of Luciano Figueroa, Pablo Mouche, Leandro Gracian, Neri Cardozo and Alvaro Gonzalez. Boca will clearly be looking for goals, and will surely press the Brazilians for the entire 90 minutes.
"Our obligation is to score lots of goals, and I am confident that we can manage to do this," stated Figueroa, who will lead Boca's attack along with emerging talent Mouche.
Meanwhile, Internacional's Argentine midfielder Pablo Guinazu said: "We have to be fully concentrated not for 90, but for 95 minutes."
The winner of the tie between Boca Juniors and Internacional will face either River Plate or Chivas de Guadalajara in the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.