After the classification of Rentistas (URU), guaranteeing itself in Libertadores 2021, last Wednesday, the four pots for the draw of the group stage of the competition were defined. Thus, with four clashes still to decree the last participants, Fluminense, who is in pot 3, waits until April 9, when the draw will be held, to find out who will be able to face right away in the South American tournament. The debut of Roger Machado’s team is scheduled for mid-April 20th.
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First important point to be reported is that, as it was eight years without competing in the competition, Flu fell in the ranking of Conmebol clubs. The last time he was at Libertadores, in 2013, Tricolor was the seed for the Brazilian title won the previous year.
Now in pot 3, Roger Machado’s team joins Velez Sarsfield (ARG), Sporting Cristal (PER), América de Cali (COL), The Strongest (BOL), Universitario (PER), Deportivo Táchira (VEN) and Argentinos Juniors (ARG). Thus, none of these teams can become opponents of Fluminense already in the group stage.
The other Brazilians ranked directly are in pot 1 (Palmeiras and Flamengo) and in pot 2 (Atlético-MG and Internacional). With Peñarol out, as well as Rubro-Negro and Verdão, São Paulo entered pot 1 and will be seeded. Grêmio and Santos, for their part, will still have clashes against Independiente del Valle (EQU) and San Lorenzo (ARG) respectively. However, any of the clubs that advance will go to pot 4.
With that, it is worth mentioning that teams from the same country cannot face each other in the group stage, except in the case of teams that come from the previous phase. Therefore, in case Fluminense has a national opponent in their group, these could only be Santos or Grêmio, if they advance in the stage.
Thus, with the news that Brazilians are not going to face each other in the next phase, Flu may have ahead of them, practically only foreign clubs. In pot 1, Boca Juniors (ARG), River Plate (ARG), Cerro Porteño (PAR) and Olímpia (PAR) can be placed against the Tricolor.
In this squad alone, together with the teams, there are 13 Libertadores titles in question: six from Boca, four from River and three from Olímpia (PAR). In addition, Cerro comes with a well-structured base for young Paraguayan sensations and experienced players like Boselli, ex-Corinthians, Marcos Cáceres, side with a pass for the Paraguayan team and 198 games for the team and Julio dos Santos, ex-Vasco.
In pot 2, three teams call attention: Racing (ARG), who eliminated Flamengo in the last Libertadores, LDU (EQU), Flemish executioner in the final of the competition in 2008 and Defensa y Justicia (ARG), current Cup champion Sul-Americana – under the command of Crespo, now a São Paulo coach – who is on the rise in continent football.
The other members of the pot also have their good points. Santa Fé (COL), for example, plays in the city of Bogotá, with an altitude close to 2,700m. Universidad Católica (CHI) and Barcelona de Guayaquil (EQU), on the other hand, are the current champions of their respective national championships.
In pot 4, however, although the teams are considered technically weaker, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the “zebras”. Venezuelan Deportivo La Guaira is the current champion of the country and sends his games at the Olympic Stadium in Caracas, with an altitude of 900m.
SEE THE LIBERATORS ‘POTS:
Palmeiras (BRA) (defending champion)
River Plate (ARG)
Boca Juniors (ARG)
Cerro Porteño (PAR)
Sao Paulo (BRA)
Defense and Justice (ARG) (Campeão da Sul-Americana)
Santa Fe (COL)
Catholic University (CHI)
Barcelona Guayaquil (EQU)
Velez Sarsfield (ARG)
Sporting Crystal (PER)
America from Cali (COL)
The Strongest (BOL)
Deportivo Táchira (COL)
Argentinos Juniors (ARG)
Deportivo La Guaira (VEN)
Union La Callera (CHI)
Always Read (BOL)
Winner of Atlético Nacional (COL) x Libertad (PAR)
Winner of Grêmio (BRA) x Independiente del Valle (EQU)
Winner of Junior Barranquilla (COL) x Bolívar (BOL)
Winner of San Lorenzo (ARG) x Santos (BRA)
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