Copa Libertadores: one by one, how the rivals of the Argentine teams arrive

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While the national competition continues slow, the championships of the rest of the South American countries have between eight and eleven dates disputed.

This Thursday, September 17, when Argentine teams return to the Copa Libertadores after the suspension of the continental competition as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, they will have been fulfilled 185 days since the last game official, corresponding to the extinct and unfinished Super League Cup.

While the soccer championships of the rest of the South American countries have been disputed between eight and eleven dates, with the exception of Bolivia and Venezuela that continue to be slow, Argentine clubs still couldn’t even play a friendly to pick up the pace of competition.

In this sense, the sports handicap that weighs on River, Boca, Defensa y Justicia, Racing and Tigre ahead of the third date of the highest-ranking continental competition at club level.

Here is a review of how the rivals of the Argentine teams arrive:

Since the resumption of Brazilian football, São Paulo has played 13 games: three for the Paulista Championship and ten for the Brasileirao. In total, he won six, tied three and lost four, with a total of 19 goals for and 18 against.

To receive Marcelo Gallardo’s River in Morumbí, from 19 on this Thursday, San Pablo will have his team’s top scorer, Pablo Felipe, who has scored seven goals in 20 games.

Although the midfielder seemed out of the question, after suffering a rib muscle detachment against Fluminense on September 6, he managed to recover in record time. Therefore, the technician Fernando Diniz It only remains to determine if Pablo will be from the start or will enter from the substitute bench.

On the other hand, the Brazilian team has an important loss: Dani Alves. The former Barcelona, ​​captain and figure of San Pablo, had surgery on his right arm after suffering a fracture in the match against Athletico Paranaense, the 26 August.

Neither will striker Luciano be available, which has three suspension games in the Copa Libertadores, after being expelled on March 13 for participating in the pitched battle that took place between the Gremio and Inter footballers and which ended with eight red cards.

In Group D of the Copa Libertadores, the São Paulo team accumulates three units and is positioned in third place, as a result of the defeat as a visitor against Binacional by 2-1 and the victory against Liga de Quito by 3-0 in Morumbí .

“I am perfectly aware of the sporting advantage that we will have against Boca due to the preparation time, but it is totally beyond us,” said the president of Freedom from Paraguay, Rubén Di Tore.

Is that, unlike Boca and the rest of the Argentine teams, which still could not play even a friendly since the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Paraguayan championship resumed almost two months ago.

Since then, the team led by Ramón Díaz (who has the Argentine striker on his team Adrian Martinez, ex-Atlanta among other teams, in addition to Luciano Abecasis, Sergio Aquino and Héctor Villalba) He has accumulated 11 games: won in six, equalized in two and was defeated in three, with a balance of 20 goals in favor and 13 against. In this way, it is positioned in second place with 39 points in 19 games, six units behind the leader, Cerro Porteño.

Days ago, the Medical Commission of the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) reported that a positive case of Covid-19 had been detected in the Libertad campus and that it had been placed in isolation. However, the name of the infected did not come out and they do not rule out that he was a member of the technical team.

After beating visitor to Independent Medellin by 2-1 already Caracas By 3-2 in local condition, Libertad was positioned at the top of the Group G table. A win against Boca would leave him on the verge of qualifying for the round of 16.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Nacional had played three games for the Apertura Tournament with poor results and was in the last positions of the Uruguayan championship. However, since soccer was resumed, the cast led by Gustavo Munúa he knows no defeat.

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