Riquelme: Bianchi is the best coach I've ever played under

The former Argentina international does not believe that anyone compares to the 63-year-old who claimed three Copa Libertadores during his first stint at the Bombonera
Boca Juniors legend Juan Roman Riquelme has described Carlos Bianchi as the best coach he has ever played under.

The playmaker has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at the highest level but ranks the 63-year-old as the finest trainer he has had the pleasure to work with.

"I was lucky that I was led by the greatest of them all," Riquelme told Ole. "We all agree that Bianchi is the best. He taught me to grow as a player and a person.

"Coco [Basile] is still a friend and I have to be grateful to [Carlos] Bilardo for putting me in [the Boca team] at a difficult time.

"[Jose] Pekerman picked me to play at under-age level for Argentina, while [Sergio] Batista brought me to the Olympics [in 2008]."

For the moment, though, Riquelme is just focusing on Boca's Copa Libertadores quarter-final first-leg clash with Fluminense at the Bombonera on Thursday, believing that the fans have just as important a role to play in the outcome of the game as the players.

"It will be hard, but if they sing, we will have many chances to win," the former Argentina international argued. "When they do, it seems that Boca is always going to score a goal.

"We must be masters of the game from start to finish. We are confident we are going to win. For rivals, our ground is tough."

Riquelme rejoined Boca on loan from Villarreal in 2007 before sealing a permanent transfer back to the Bombonera the following year.