This is as if Madrid and Barça disputed the final of the Champions outside Europe. If they wanted to show the world our football they achieved the goal. They have seen us as a country and as people. There is no longer security for the players themselves. We are not prepared to live accordingly. For me it's over. It's already lost. This final of the Libertadores is nothing. We lost as a country. We lost a battle.
I have mixed feelings. I wanted to see a great ending and I suspect it will be impossible. I'm a fan of the game, not the shirts. I lack fanaticism. I won seven titles in five years playing for River but I do not like flags or nationalisms that are instrumentalized as football. As a footballer I enjoyed the game, not the business. In this final of the Libertadores I did not dream of the triumph of a team but of being able to see my country embraced, enjoying a sporting spectacle. Soccer should only serve to entertain us. River and Boca play well. They showed it in the first leg, which was opened and dismantled what we like so much lately the Argentines: sustain football in the claw, courage, eggs. In the 2-2 of November 11 there was much more than that.
In the Monumental I expected to see once again players like Pity Martinez, who breaks the schemes with the gambeta and does things that nobody had prepared in their slates. I wanted to see Palacios, a midfielder who demonstrates his intelligence within the field against the norm in Argentina, where fewer and fewer midfielders leave because the coaches who must train the young are not trained. Now I feel sad because the superfinal not only frustrated our expectations as lovers of the game but also revealed the background of the values of life in our community.
Corruption is not in football or politics. It is in everyone each time he decides how to be in life. How can it be that in Argentina they only allow a single fan to enter the stadiums? How are we going to encourage fellowship, love of neighbor, the sense of mutual help and other things that enlarge the heart, have the shirt you have?
Technological advances have not helped our society educate or train good people. Soccer is observed as money is observed. This is how parents and coaches approach baby Soccer, the first formative step of the Argentine quarry. They prefer to deform themselves acting as entrepreneurs, all they observe is a mercantile exchange. Children are also traded. In this chain, the natural thing is for parents to live with their children.
The fundamental values have been lost. As a society we do not respect teachers or teachers, nor our police or authorities. You have to be lattice in your own home to live safely. I have stopped going to the courts to take no risks.
I'm a UEFA coach and I try to prepare every day. Since 2013 I have been part of the River Sports Management team with Enzo Francescoli. For two years I saw so many things that did not work as they should, I was so disappointed with the preparation of the coaches of the bases, that I realized that it was not the place with which I identified myself in the values that one intends to live. I observed that in Argentina the search for the immediate and the easy is encouraged. I wonder if the leaders want the institutions or are fans only interested in moving millions. The root of all evil is the love of money and some love of money must be behind what happened these days.
In the economic interests this party must be exported to Madrid. Sportingly, River played in the condition of visitor the going in the Bombonera and now returns to play away from home. I do not know what business will be behind this incoherence.
Paradoxically, this Cup is called Libertadores de América and will be played in Europe. The contradiction explains how this sport is handled.
Leonel Gancedo played in River from 1996 to 2000. In 1996, he conquered the Copa Libertadores.