Recent years have proved disastrous for Argentina’s most successful club. River Plate propped up the Apertura 2008 before being relegated to the second tier in June – both firsts in the history of the 1901-incepted Millonarios.
The period has not proved too much better for the 33-time national champions’ fierce enemies, though. Indeed, Boca Juniors, who have 23 titles to their name, ended the last five championships 14th, 11th, 16th, 12th and seventh.
Los Xeneizes’ misery nevertheless appears poised to end. A goalless draw at home to their nearest challengers Racing Club on Sunday means Boca will enter the fourth-last round of the Apertura eight points clear at the summit.
We haven’t won in two games. The goal is to win at the weekend. It would be another step towards becoming champions.
And while it would take an almighty collapse for Julio Cesar Falcioni’s team to miss out of their first trophy in three years, goalkeeper Agustin Orion has urged them to avoid complacency and respond to back-to-back 0-0 draws by winning at mid-table Godoy Cruz on Sunday.
“We’re satisfied,” said the 30-year-old, who won his first Argentina caps earlier this year. “The results have helped. But we don’t want to talk about the title beforehand.
“We haven’t won in two games. The goal is to win at the weekend. It would be another step towards becoming champions.”
Orion, who won the Clausura 2007 with San Lorenzo and the Apertura 2010 with Estudiantes, has conceded just one in his last eight appearances and thrice in 15 matches this term.