Palmeiras (Group A for being the current champion), Flamengo and São Paulo will be seeded, Atlético-MG and Inter will be in pot 2, Fluminense in 3 and Grêmio and Santos, ranking in 4. By regulation, teams from same country cannot fall into the same group, unless they migrate from the “pre-Libertadores”, in which case it would apply to Santos and Gremistas.
As the six Brazilians classified directly in the group stage will be spread over six different braces, the chance for Grêmio and Santos to enter the same group as other teams in Brazil greatly increases. In 2020, for example, Grêmio and Inter (migrating from “pre”) were in the same key, the same occurring with Cruzeiro and Vasco in 2018.
Grêmio and Santos, if qualified, can face anyone in the groups, also increases the chance of balanced braces. Other strong teams like Independiente Del Valle (EQU), San Lorenzo (ARG), Atlético Nacional (COL) and Libertad (PAR) can migrate from the “pre”.
Here are some possibilities:
1 – River Plate, Atlético-MG, América de Cali and Grêmio;
2 – Palmeiras, LDU, Vélez Sarsfield and Santos;
3 – Boca Juniors, Inter, América de Cali and Independiente Del Valle (if Grêmio beat);
4 – Flamengo, Racing, América and Grêmio;
5 – São Paulo, U. Católica, Velez Sarsfield and Atlético Nacional;
6 – River Plate, LDU, Fluminense and San Lorenzo (if you pass Santos).
Conmebol, as in recent years, will use its ranking released in February to divide the teams in the pots – the score takes into account recent and old results in Conmebol competitions and also performance in national championships. There are 32 teams, divided into four pots of eight, to define the eight keys of four teams each.
The draw for the Libertadores will take place on April 9, still without the definition of the four classified in the third preliminary phase, which will only happen on the 14th. Even so, we will already know if Brazilians will be able to be in the same group, since the “pre” matches will be assigned to specific groups.
See the division of the pots:
Key heads (Pot 1)
Palmeiras (Group A for being the current champion) – 4th in the ranking
River Plate (ARG) – 1º
Boca Juniors (ARG) – 2º
National (URU) – 5th
Flamengo – 6th
Cerro Porteño (PAR) – 11th
Olimpia (PAR) – 12º
Sao Paulo – 13 °
Inter – 18º
Atlético-MG – 19th
Independent Santa Fé (COL) – 21st
Racing (ARG) – 22º
LDU (EQU) – 26º
Catholic University (CHI) – 30th
Barcelona (EQU) – 31°
Defensa Y Justicia (ARG) (champion of the Copa Sudamericana) – 37º
Velez Sarsfield (ARG) – 33rd
Sporting Cristal (PER) – 35º
America de Cali (COL) – 36th
Fluminense – 39th
The Strongest (BOL) – 40º
University (PER) – 46º
Deportivo Táchira (VEN) – 60º
Argentinos Juniors (ARG) – 81 °
Deportivo La Guaira (VEN) – 127º
Union La Calera (CHI) – 128º
Always Ready (BOL) – 145º
Rentistas (URU) – 250 °
G1 (Libertad ou Atlético Nacional)
G2 (Grêmio or Independent of the Valley)
G3 (Bolivar or Junior Barranquilla)
G4 (Santos or San Lorenzo)
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