Following a string of bad results in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, Racing Club had been going through a rough patch to the backdrop of boardroom conflict. Four straight losses had put manager Sebastián Becaccece in a weak position and it appeared as though it were possibly the beginning of the end to his spell in Avellaneda.
The Copa Libertadores game against Flamengo could have been the last chance for the young manager, who may not have the full support of president Víctor Blanco and the board of directors. The decision of Diego Milito to resign as the technical secretary was a huge blow not only for the club, as the iconic former striker was doing a great job, but more so for Becaccece. It was Milito who insisted on naming the 39-year-old as Eduardo Coudet’s successor, despite the doubts that Blanco and other board members had, and who had also backed him at any difficult moment.
Milito with a foot out the door meant Jorge Sampaoli’s former assistant had no choice but to go through the next challenges on his own, with a lot to prove to president Victor Blanco and other members of the board of directors yet to be fully convinced.