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Carlos Tevez in line for start in Copa Libertadores final second leg

19:59 EAT 18/11/2018
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Boca Juniors icon Carlos Tevez is in contention for a starting berth in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against River Plate.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto confirmed Carlos Tevez could be handed a starting role in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final as Boca Juniors look to grab victory at El Monumental against bitter rivals River Plate.

The 34-year-old was a second-half substitute in the first leg at La Bombonera, the first meeting of the two fierce rivals in the final of South America’s premier club knockout competition.

The clash ended 2-2 as River twice came from behind to leave the final evenly poised heading into the reverse fixture next weekend.

Tevez played from the start in Saturday's 1-0 Superliga victory over Patronato, the former Manchester United striker featuring for 83 minutes in support of Mauro Zarate.

And that display could be enough to convince Schelotto to start the experienced striker, with Boca aiming to lift the title for a record-equalling seventh time.

"We will work on that and then we will decide," Schelotto told reporters.

"People's love for Tevez is huge, it is endless because it comes from the deepest [part of] their heart.

"Since the very first time Carlos started to play with us, and every time Carlos comes to play or close the goal they will cheer him up with chanting, and I totally welcome that motivation for him because it helps to prepare him mentally for the final.

"There is a chance [he could start]. The last time he entered the pitch against River he did very well and he made an important impression on the final. We are going to analyse it in the next week."

Tevez is currently in his third spell at Boca having re-joined the club in January after leaving Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua late last year.

The forward made his debut for Boca as a 16-year-old in 2001, spending three years at the club before joining Brazilian side Corinthians.

Tevez spent just 18 months in Brazil before moving to the Premier League with West Ham. He would go on to enjoy successful spells at both Manchester United and Manchester City, winning nine major trophies.

A short spell with Italian side Juventus would follow before making an emotional return to Boca in 2015.