Two come up, while the rest does not stop accumulating problems. Between Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first leg matches.
They passed the South American Qualifiers and action returns in the Copa Libertadores de América. the truth hour has arrived. The hand-to-hand crosses begin, where one stays on the road and the other advances. Or the spy, as they say in Brazil. Precisely, from that land are the three rivals of the Argentine teams that remain in the competition. Athlético Paranaense, Flamengo and Inter de Porto Alegre will face River, Boca and Racing, respectively. And between the three there is a particularity in common: they changed technicians a short time ago. How does each Brazilian team arrive?
He is River’s rival. They were second in group C just by one goal difference. He got the same points as the leader of that zone, Jorge Wilstermann, but with a difference of +2 against +3 for the Bolivian team. That is why against Marcelo Gallardo’s team he will be local first in Curitiba, this Tuesday from 19.15 (Argentine time).
Athlético came from a streak of 11 games without wins, but he cut it and now accumulates four celebrations in a row at the hands of the veteran coach Paulo Autuori: on Saturday, with a large majority of starters, they beat 1-0 against Santos and he keeps escaping from the relegation zone, which he was in until not long ago. Thus, he was ninth in the positions of the Brasileirao.
Paulo Autuori took over the technical leadership a month ago. He is a very experienced coach and cupbearer. He won the Libertadores twice. One with cruise (1997) and the other with Saint Paul (2005), in which he eliminated River in the semifinals. Anyway, the 64-year-old coach born in Rio de Janeiro respects the team of Doll. “He is one of the candidates for the title,” he said.
For this duel against River he will not be able to count on two of his players since they have coronavirus. Fernando Canesin Y Geuvânio they tested positive on the last swab and are isolated.
The Argentine is still on the squad Fought González (ex-River) but lately he was not playing because he was injured.
The last champion of the Copa Libertadores had fallen. However, the weekend was revitalized with a 3-1 win over Coritiba by Brasileirao with goals from Bruno Henrique, From Arrascaeta Y René. With those three points, he was the leader of the tournament (39 points) along with Atlético Mineiro by Jorge Sampaoli.
Now, Flamengo will aim all the guns at the Copa Libertadores, with the aim of defending the crown he obtained in the dramatic final against River in Lima in 2019. And with the incentive, in addition to the fact that the final will be played at the Maracana, his home.
After the dismissal of the Spanish coach Domenec Torrent, the whole of Rio de Janeiro found it difficult to accommodate. He went four games without winning, with three defeats (one of them very ugly, against Atlético Mineiro, who beat him 4-0) and a draw.
Rogerio Ceni (former goalkeeper, champion of the Copa Libertadores with San Pablo in 2005), his new coach, is trying to accommodate the team, which closed as leader group A of the Copa Libertadores and that is why he will play first in Avellaneda, this Tuesday from the 21.30, while the series will be defined in Rio de Janeiro.
Inter lives hours of shock. This Monday Andrés D’Alessandro, the club’s idol, announced that he will not continue after December 31. He is not going to retire because he plans to continue playing, but at 39 he decided to put an end to his history with Inter, with whom he was American champion in 2010.
Inter already came with another unfavorable situation: in recent days Eduardo Coudet submitted his resignation and went to direct Celta de Vigo. Now the technician is Abel Braga, although he will not be able to be on the substitute bench against Boca because he tested positive for Covid-19.
The Porto Alegre team comes from beating Atlético Mineiro 1-0 for the Brazil Cup but was eliminated on penalties. And on Sunday they lost 2-1 at home against Fluminense for Brasileirao. In that tournament he hasn’t won for five dates (three defeats and two draws). Even so, they are in fourth position, with 36 points, three behind the leaders, Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro.
Inter (in his squad, in addition to D’Alessandro, he has other Argentines: Víctor Cuesta, Damián Musto, Leandro Fernández Y Renzo saravia, who is injured) finished second in group E, with 8 points, behind his main rival, Gremio, who accumulated 11 units. Before Boca, it will be local in Porto Alegre on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (Argentine time) and then it will go to La Bombonera.