Grêmio will play Independiente del Valle on Wednesday (14), at 7:15 pm, and will determine their future in the 2021 season. If the Tricolor win 1-0 they will already qualify for the group stage from Libertadores. If you tie or lose, you will go to Copa Sudamericana. But what is changing?
First, there is similar organization at the two CONMEBOL tournaments in 2021. In other words, there will be a group stage, played in eight bows of four teams. In Libertadores, the best two teams per pass, and in South America only the captain. The third place in the Libertadores groups enters the other competition’s octaves.
Another important thing: Whatever the fate of the club, there will be matches in six consecutive weeks. This is new, in previous years the organization used to organize matches every two weeks, although the teams sometimes played for weeks at a time. This time it will be different because there will be a Copa America and the calendar is tight.
The Libertadores’ award is much higher than it is in the South American Cup. The champion of the most important competition on the continent will win 3.3 times more than the champion of the second tournament. In the group stage, for example, every home team won $ 1 million per match, and in South America it was only 300,000.
If Grêmio loses to Del Valle he must be without Douglas Costa
Grêmio should not sign Douglas Costa if he lost to Del Valle. The council is unlikely to pay R $ 2.5 million a month for the superstar, with the aim of the contention over the South American Cup. Therefore, the vacancy will determine the future of these negotiations.
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