(EFE) – Vélez Sarsfield returns to CONMEBOL Libertadores after seven years and his first rival in Group G will be the all-powerful Brazilian Flamengo, who has one of the most powerful teams on the continental scene and was champion two editions ago.
El Fortín returns to a tournament that it already won in 1994, under the guidance of coach Carlos Bianchi, thanks to the fifth place it won in the Maradona Cup.
For its part, the Brazilian team, winner in 2019 and 1981, arrives as two-time champion of the Brazilian tournament and eager to make up for its last defeat in the last 16 of the last edition against Racing Club, which in the penalty shootout gave the surprise and eliminated one of the favorites of the competition.
Coach Mauricio Pellegrino highlighted the “complex” of the group that they share with the University of Quito in Ecuador and Unión La Calera in Chile.
“After a long time Vélez will have the opportunity to compete in this very important tournament, in which he will put the maximum effort, because the group is complex. We will face one of the best teams on the continent on Tuesday,” he said at a press conference Coach.
Pellegrino stressed that the team “will give the best from the mental and physical.”
On the other bank will be Rogerio Ceni, the legendary former Sao Paulo archer, who replaced the Portuguese Jorge Jesús.
“Vélez is an interesting team to see play, and they have a game similar to Flamengo, who can defend themselves with three players and two construction midfielders, one of them we know for having played here and is a fast team on offense”, he asserted.
Flamengo is two-time champion of the Brazilian tournament and has just won the Brazilian Super Cup after beating Palmeiras on penalties.
Defender Rodrigo Caio will not be able to play because he is suspended after being sent off against Racing Club in 2020.
VÉLEZ SARSFIELD: Lucas Hoyos; Tomás Guidara, Lautaro Giannetti, Luis Abram, Francisco Ortega; Santiago Cáseres, Federico Mancuello, Luca Orellano, Thiago Almada, Ricardo Centurión; Cristian Tarragona. Coach: Mauricio Pellegrino.
FLAMENGO: Diego Alves; Isla, Willian Arao, Gustavo Henrique, Filipe Luís; Diego, Gerson, De Arrascaeta, Everton Ribeiro; Gabriel and Bruno Henrique. Coach: Rogerio Ceni.
REFEREE: the Colombian Wilmar Roldán, assisted by his compatriots Wilmar Navarro and Miguel Roldán.
STADIUM: José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires.