(EFE) – Argentinos Juniors returns to CONMEBOL Libertadores ten years after its last participation and will debut in Group F this Tuesday against the historic Nacional, in what will be a duel of continental champions who seek to green their laurels.
The Bicho de La Paternal, champion of the competition in 1985, returns to the maximum continental tournament thanks to the great campaign that it carried out last year in the local tournament, in which it obtained third place, while the Uruguayan team, winner of the tournament on three occasions (1971, 1980 and 1988), he arrives as champion of his league.
Argentinos Juniors, led by Gabriel Milito, will seek to start this new continental journey with a victory that ends the streak of three consecutive draws in the League Cup (against San Lorenzo, Central Córdoba and Colón).
El Bicho is ninth out of 13 teams in Zone A with 12 points, three behind San Lorenzo, which occupies the last qualifying place for the quarterfinals with three games remaining until the end of the first phase.
For its part, the Purse arrives in a positive dynamic after beating Rentistas in the final of the Uruguayan Championship, with two victories in the round-trip matches.
For the Uruguayans, this match will mark the debut of their new coach, Alejandro Cappuccio, who at a press conference underlined the potential and dangers of the Argentine team.
“Argentinos play football very well. You can think that they are a weak rival because they are not great, but on the contrary, they have an interesting offensive proposal. They are going to put us in trouble, but we hope to face it in the best way. We will try to steal them from them. ball so they don’t feel comfortable, “he said.
Argentinos Juniors and Nacional make up group F together with Universidad Católica de Chile and Atlético Nacional de Colombia.
ARGENTINOS JUNIORS: Lucas Chaves; Kevin Mac Allister, Miguel Torrén, Carlos Quintana; Matías Romero, Fausto Vera, Franco Moyano, Elías Gómez; Javier Cabrera, Gabriel Ávalos and Gabriel Carabajal. Coach: Gabriel Milito.
NATIONAL: Guillermo Centurión; Ángelo Gabrielli, Guzmán Corujo, Renzo Orihuela, Agustín Oliveros; Joaquín Trasante, Felipe Carballo, Brian Ocampo, Andrés D’Alessandro, Leandro Fernández; Gonzalo Bergessio. Coach: Alejandro Capuccio.
REFEREE: the Peruvian Víctor Carrillo, assisted by his compatriots Michael Ouebe and Jesús Sánchez.
STADIUM: Diego Armando Maradona, from Buenos Aires.