It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Boca Juniors and their supporters after watching rivals, River Plate lift almost every available trophy in recent seasons. On Sunday evening in La Bombonera, Boca were able to put that behind them as they lifted the Torneo 2015 trophy after a 1-0 victory against Tigre. Fabián Monzón’s towering header before half-time proved to be decisive and prompted wild celebrations at the full-time whistle, where Carlos Tevez took centrestage. The returning icon has at times hauled Boca to glory since his arrival in July and this latest triumph not only adds to his persona as jugador del pueblo but is a eighth league title from four different countries.
The title is Boca’s first since 2011 and is Tevez’s second, after helping lift the trophy in 2003 before departing for Corinthians. An emotional Carlitos spoke to reporters on the pitch at full-time: “I’m happy. I came back to feel this again. It’s difficult to talk. I’ve won championships in many places but nothing compares with this.”
Boca are deserved champions but at many times have not really impressed. Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s side have found that little bit extra on countless occasions to just do enough to win matches and the arrival of Tevez for the second half of the season undoubtedly contributed to this. Tevez’s tenacity and partnership with Jonathan Calleri and Nicolás Lodeiro gave Boca an edge needed to kill off games when there was little between them and their opponents.
Tigre’s visit to La Bombonera was an example of Boca dominating without noticeably flexing their superiority. Monzón’s header was the difference at the break and Calleri and Tevez should probably have added to this in the second half but it was Lodeiro who came closest with a fierce free-kick that came back off the crossbar.
Ultimately with Rosario Central losing in Banfield, Boca’s result didn’t matter but the hope is that this now sparks a new era of Boca dominance. Tevez said: “They needed a championship to take the pressure off — now they will be a new Boca. They deserved this, for lots of reasons, they deserved this.”
On Wednesday night, Boca have the chance to complete a league and cup double when they face Rosario Central in the Copa Argentina and 2016 brings a new assault on the Copa Libertadores.