No one quite knew what to expect in Córdoba as the 2016 Supercopa pitted together two out of form sides, desperate to find that little bit of form that could kickstart their season. Both managers found themselves under pressure even at this early stage of the season but without doubt Boca coach, Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s future now hangs by a thread. Pablo Guede’s new-look San Lorenzo suddenly threw off the shackles and dismantled Boca to lift the Supercopa and breathe new life into their season.
There is no better time to face Boca Juniors than now – with Carlos Tevez looking woefully short of sharpness, Dani Osvaldo not yet integrated into the side, a ponderous midfield and a Daniel Díaz seemingly distracted in the heart of defence, Boca look fragile. So often during the second half of last season when Boca were not playing particularly well, Carlos Tevez would drag the side to victory but when he himself is suffering, there is no where else for Rodolfo Arruabarrena to turn.
On Wednesday evening in the Estadio Mario Kempes, El Vasco tried a 3-5-2 formation for the first time and it failed badly. Although the first half remained tight, the deadlock was broken just before the break when new San Lorenzo signing, Fernando Belluschi struck a wonderful volley on the turn from the edge of the box that whistled past Agustín Orión and into the top corner.
Arruabarrena introduced Fernando Gago and Dani Osvaldo at the break in an attempt to wrestle the game back but instead it was Los Cuervos that moved up a gear. Belluschi released Pablo Barrientos in acres of space and with no defenders in sight, he gleefully slotted the ball into the net. Arruabarrena looked concerned and it only got worse.
Barrientos curled in a superb free kick before Nicolás Blandi also made the most of the generous Boca defence to thump the ball past Orión for the fourth.
The Supercopa itself may not mean much but for Pablo Guede the result was an affirmation of his new attacking style at the club. For Arruabarrena, the future is far less clear. Despite winning the league and cup double last year, there was already debate over his continuation and with Guillermo Barros Schelotto now available again, there is a ready-made, Boca icon waiting in the wings to take over. Daniel Angelici is expected to meet with El Vasco on Thursday but it should come as no surprise if Boca are under new management shortly.