Brazilian teams looking to maintain Copa Libertadores domination
There is a scenario where three of the four semi finalists will be from the Brasileirão with Brazilian sides winning the past four competitions.
The quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores begin this Tuesday as Bolivia’s Bolívar face Brazil’s Internacional. Tuesday’s game represents the first of four ties that will be played between tonight, Wednesday and Thursday with the return legs scheduled for next week. Three Brazilian Serie A sides remain in the competition and will look to maintain Brazil’s recent dominance in the competition with Brasileirao clubs winning five of the last six finals.
Brazil in control
All three of the Brasileirão teams are the favorites to progress in their respective matchups. Palmeiras will look to progress against Colombian side Deportivo Pereira and secure another berth in the final after winning the trophy in both 2020 and 2021. Internacional advance to this stage after overcoming one of the pre-competition favourites in River Plate. Fluminense will not have it easy but are favourites against Paraguayan side Olimpia with the men from Asuncion already dumping out the highly fancied Flamengo.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team is the great absentee in these quarterfinals with the defending champion and finalist in the past two years dumped out in the round of 16. Despite the absence of ‘Mengao’, the Brazilian teams will seek to extend their dominance on the continent.