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Barcelona, ​​Ecuador, is South America’s last hope to stop all Brazilian Copa Libertadores finals. – Soccer Sports

As South America advances to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, three trends in continental football become apparent.

One is the rise of Brazilian super clubs, the other is the relative decline of many other South American leagues, and the third is Ecuador -Barcelona de Guayaquil has noticed that it represents the rest of the continent against the Brazilian trio of Flamengo, Palmeiras and Atletico Minero.

Barcelona is heading to Rio flamengo on the first leg of the week, and the size of their work is revealed by statistics. The Ecuadorians enjoyed a great campaign and lost two in the ten games they played, one more loss than the Brazilian trio suffered together.Palmeiras lost to Defensa y Justicia 4-3 at home Argentina On the night they defended the underpowered side. Apart from that, the three sides of Brazil passed through the continent, leaving behind a crushed and embarrassed opposition defense.

The same thing is happening at home. The Brazilian Championship is half-finished, with Atletico Minero, Palmeiras and Flamengo in the top three.

This is a relatively new trend. Brazilian football culture likes to think of a country with 12 huge clubs (4 each from Rio and São Paulo, 1 each from Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte), but now there is a big gap. .. Some sank (Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, and Cruzeiro all belong to the second division), using the size of their fan base for financial stability, attracting the attention of wealthy sponsors, and punting and investing. There are also people. A terrifying depth team. Broadly speaking, Flamengo falls into the first category, Palmeiras falls into the second category, and Atletico Minero falls into the third category.

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Atletico won Libertadores in 2013, Flamengo in 2019, and Palmeiras reigns as champion. Still, Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira is beginning to be under pressure, and a two-legged clash with Atletico is essential for his immediate future. Palmeiras is seven points behind Atletico in the league and will fall to third place if Flamengo wins two games. While both Atletico and Flamengo were in the semi-finals, they were knocked out early on from the highly prestigious national cup. So holding the Libertadores crown is the best way to save the season, but it feels like it’s been overtaken by the other two super clubs.

Palmeiras has won several big wins at this year’s Libertadores, especially at home. But this is when they can counterattack and break the enemy apart. Otherwise, Abel Ferreira’s side is less cautious and flashy than Atletico or Flamengo. The limits of their attacks were cruelly exposed at the Club World Cup earlier this year, but with few chances in the two games. Reviving the aggressive midfielder and club idol Dudu gave them some more options, but Palmeiras was more cautious in the transfer market where Flamengo and Atletico were chasing famous reinforcements. It has become.

He won the recall because Atletico was a big hit with the veteran Hulk’s signature and was so impressive with his new center forward position. Brazil Ads they brought in earlier this month Diego Costa Partner with him. With this giant clash starting round on Tuesday, can Palmeiras overcome this attraction with the usual combination of careful defense and quick breakouts? Will Palmeiras try to impose a home advantage, or will Abel Ferreira be most concerned about the possibility of admitting away goals?

It’s worth mentioning that Atletico was able to set the highest defensive record in the tournament with just three goals and maintained a clean sheet six times in a row. However, the important signature was made in the middle. Brought from the river plate, playmaker Ignacio Fernandez has played the team and built a deep understanding with the Hulk. His presence on the Atletico side helps explain why other leagues in South America find it difficult to compete.

Atletico’s profit was the loss of the river plate. The Buenos Aires giant has recently had consistent power in Libertadores, but losing Fernandez was a real blow. Having to play against him was more than they could take. River lost to Atletico a total of 4-0. Fernandez scored. Argentine midfielder Matthias Saracho scored two goals.There is also a lineup Eduardo Vargas from Chile, Jefferson Savarino from Venezuela When Junior Alonso from Paraguay..

Palmeiras has a lineup of high quality Paraguayans and Uruguayans, with Uruguayans and Chileans playing for Flamengo. Brazil is scouting the rest of the continent more than ever, and Major League Soccer is also taking players, but it has been postponed by price tags, leaving mostly Brazil, but the rest of South America. Is lagging behind.

In this scenario, Ecuador’s success is certainly impressive. There seems to be no administrative explanation. There were many behind-the-scenes lines in Ecuador, including an ugly battle over the identity of the FA president.Still, Ecuador outperforms others-including: Columbia, The population is tripled.

Quito’s elevation may be part of the description, but it has nothing to do with Barcelona’s success. The first teams from outside Barcelona and Argentina have reached the semifinals twice since the introduction of the one-year format in 2017. -As the name implies-According to Catalan immigrants, Barcelona is from Guayaquil and is near the Pacific coast.

Their playing model is typical of the best aspects of Ecuador these days. They seem to keep the pitch big with fast and tricky wings and a powerful attack full back. Also, the old-fashioned playmaker is pulling the strings. Born in the Rosary, there is still 34-year-old Damian Diaz in Barcelona’s No. 10 shirt. Damian Diaz is a local idol who recently acquired Ecuadorian nationality.

Both this year and 2017, Barcelona has a good record against Brazil’s opposition. Flamengo has all the offensive power (a stunning 28 goals in 10 games), representing a more difficult task. And since the quarterfinals, Brazilians have added a trio from the Premier League: Andreas Pereira, Kennedy, and David Lewis, who may now debut this week.

Barcelona’s job on Wednesday is to make sure it runs out and stay tight enough to get a chance to go home in the second leg next week. They may be boosted by the fact that Flamengo has the worst defensive record in the field, but Wednesday is certainly enough to give Barcelona a glimpse into the continent of a non-Brazilian final. About whether or not.

– Soccer Sports

Barcelona, ​​Ecuador, is South America’s last hope to stop all Brazilian Copa Libertadores finals.

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