Montevideo, Nov 26 (EFE) .- Embraced by the mystique of the Montevideo Centenario Stadium, in the middle of a city where soccer is breathed, eternal glory awaits Palmeiras or Flamengo, one of whom will be proclaimed three-time champion.
While their fans enjoy Montevideo, the two Brazilian teams prepare to face each other this Saturday afternoon in a new duel that will go down in history.
Without losing in this competition since May 18, Palmeiras will try to become the first team in 20 years to lift the cup in two consecutive seasons. The last to achieve that milestone was Argentina’s Boca Juniors in 2000 and 2001.
Meanwhile, Flamengo will try to win in the same scenario where 40 years ago they conquered the continent for the first time. It was in 1981 when the group at that time led by Paulo César Carpegiani beat the Chilean Cobreloa with two goals from Zico.
Steeped in history, both squads know that now is the time to write a new page. With two Liberators each, the possibility of putting a new glass in the showcases is more at hand than ever.
For this, the coaches will bet on teams with figures on all lines.
Goalkeeper Weverton, defender Gustavo Gómez, midfielder Raphael Veiga and forwards Dudu and Rony are shaping up to be in the Palmeiras line-up.
On the other side, the goalkeeper Diego Alves, the central David Luiz, the lateral Filipe Luis, the midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta and the attacker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa will play in the squad of Renato Portaluppi, who already knows what it is to conquer the Libertadores as footballer and as technical director.
With these footballers on the field, the promise of a great match appeared from the first minute and ensured not only that an impressive number of tickets were sold, but also that the hotel rooms in Montevideo were sold out.
Now, the moment of truth has arrived. In 90 minutes, stretch or penalties, the party must be dyed red and black or green and white.
Eternal glory is there, waiting. Palmeiras and Flamengo have a mission: Conquer her!
– Probable lineups:
Palms: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan García, Gustavo Gómez, Joaquín Piquerez; Zé Rafael, Felipe Melo, Danilo; Raphael Veiga, Dudu and Rony. Coach: Abel Ferreira.
Flamengo: Diego Alves; Mauricio Isla, Rodrigo Caio, David Luiz, Filipe Luis; William Arao, Andreas Pereira; Éverton Ribeiro, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique and Gabriel Barbosa. Trainer: Renato Portaluppi.
Referee: Argentine Nestor Pitana.
VAR Referee: The Chilean Julio Bascuñan.
Time: 17.00 local time (20.00 GMT).
Field: Centenario Stadium, in Montevideo.