Captain Alv-tastic ready for the off!

Oh hey guys, with manager Julian Berllaque signing a new contract and as a result, dismissing rumours that Tim Sherwood had taken the Boca hot-seat, and after a summer of big changes in the Boca camp, the gaffer and his troops got their season underway on the 19th August (blog will follow). There were some big comings and goings throughout the summer, but with one of the most controversial episodes of the summer, more than the Luis Suarez bite, was the raging debate over the fan of the year award. Vishal Kainth refuses to accept he lost and he has since been seen outside BocaHQ with a placard asking for a vote recount, we’re pretty sure that’s not going to happen, but its funny to give him hope that there might be.

The Boca media team caught up with our Club Captain James Alvarez over a coffee and asked him a few quick questions about what the Boca-rones can expect from the upcoming season. He was happy to oblige and we thank him for that!

So what are your expectations for the new season?

I like to take it game by game. It’s a new league with many new teams and with ”segunda” certainly being the most competitive league in the world (in my opinion) it would be disrespectful to blatantly state that I think we are going to win it or get promoted. But we are certainly aiming to fulfill our potential and primarily play good football. Hopefully the results will follow and for the league standings to match the clubs ambitions! The sky is our limit!

How have the new signings adapted to training with their team-mates?

The new signings have literally been a blessing. Transfer windows have been a filtering system for us each year, those lacking the Boca attitude have needed to pull up their socks or move on, and each signing we’ve brought in we have made sure they are of that strong Boca mentality. What’s great about this year is that everyone wants to train, if you don’t train (whether you have good excuses or not) you could easily lose your place! No ones place in the team is safe which wasn’t the case last season! It’s a great motive to push yourself and keep yourself fit and on form! So I reckon when the lineup gets released there will be a few surprises!   
With this being your first appearance of the season, do you think rustiness and sharpness will be an issue?
I’m certainly not known for my composure or technical ability (something I’m working on) so I pride myself on my leadership skills and tough tackling. No nonsense, a poor man’s Wes Brown! So rustiness from a lack of games won’t affect me too much. My first game will hopefully be a solid one. Iv had 3-4 technical sessions to help battle any rustiness and sharpness and I’m feeling pretty good! Gaining my fitness back after 3 weeks in South Korea but after 4 weeks of training (and making sure I do my own training if I miss a team session) I feel ready to be called upon whenever I’m selected!   
Finally, a prediction for your finishing position this season? And will we finally win a trophy?

I predict crowd pleasing football with a team that will allow the gaffer to impart his philosophy of passing football, from defense to attack, with a never-say-die attitude. I hope this style of football in conjunction with our performance and effort levels will reward us with a well deserved first trophy! Lifting Boca’s first trophy (more so as captain) would be the proudest moment of my life!



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