Almendra’s harsh statements against Benedetto
Agustín Almendra began a new phase of his life with the Racing shirt after spending another year and a half inactive at Boca Juniors as a result of the different conflicts he was involved in in the entity that saw him born. Already dressed in the colors of the Academy, a club of which he confessed himself a fan, the 23-year-old midfielder does not forget one of the most resonant problems he had at Xeneize: the fight with Darío Benedetto.
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“Benedetto would have to worry more about his personal problems than about me. Because the truth is that I would not even greet him, ”he told the media after the 1-1 draw in Santa Fe against Unión. When asked if the statements of the 33-year-old striker had bothered him, Almendra stated: “Yes, obviously, how can someone who comes out to kill you in front of all the cameras not bother me? He himself said that he was like a buchón ”.
The journalists present asked him if he had had contact with Pipa again after what happened and Almendra was blunt: “No… why am I going to talk to a boy like that?” At the same time, he clarified that he would not celebrate a goal against Xeneize: “The truth is that I have a lot of respect for the people of Boca.”
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It should be noted that Pipa had spoken about the conflict he had with the young midfielder some time ago. In the interview that he gave in recent days on ESPN, he stated: “I don’t give him a hug but I do greet him.” And he added: “We passed each other while he was training in the gym and we shook hands. There is no rancor, there is no problem. There is absolutely no need to clarify anything. He knows what happened, so do I, and absolutely nothing needs to be clarified. We shake hands and bye.”
“There are things that cannot be talked about. If it were up to me, I think I have enough personality to go out and talk about anything. But I have respect for the leaders and coaches. There are things that I will never go out and talk about. I do not regret. I was left with a big mouth, but I don’t regret it. I know why I did it, and the band also knows why I did it. That leaves me calm,” Benedetto said on that subject. “Almendra is a crack, there is no doubt, but then what happened happened and there are things that cannot be allowed. He knew it and inside he still knows it. He is young and I think he would have been important to us, but he went through what happened, ”he concluded.
Benedetto talked about his relationship with Almendra
The short circuit between the Xeneize locker room reference and the youth was born at the beginning of 2022 when Sebastián Battaglia decided to separate Almendra for “acts of indiscipline”. The striker, in his role as leader of the squad, came out to talk about the subject with strong words: “These are things that, in the long run, were going to happen, things that could not be tolerated anymore. We bank to death the coach’s decision together with the Council as well. There are things that exceed the limit and I think it was the right decision. There is a very nice human group and very healthy competition. This had to be rooted out and it was rooted out”.
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That situation marked the end point for the story of the talented footballer who emerged from the Boca youth academy. His last formal presentation was in February 2022 in the 2-1 win over Rosario Central at La Bombonera, which had him coming on as a substitute. Almendra was marginalized by the coach and later by the leadership, since he chose not to renew the contract that ended in mid-2023.
He was inactive for a year and a half until he finally signed as a free soccer player with Racing until December 2026. Fate will immediately put him against his former club: the Academy will play the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores against Boca: they will visit La Bombonera on Wednesday the 23rd August and will close the tap at the Cilindro de Avellaneda the following Wednesday the 30th. Both meetings will start at 9:30 p.m.
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