Huachipato bets on defeating Gremio and securing a historic passage to the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores

Huachipato bets on defeating Gremio and securing a historic passage to the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores
Huachipato bets on defeating Gremio and securing a historic passage to the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores

Huachipato will face the most important international match in its history this Tuesday starting at 8 p.m., when it receives Gremio de Porto Alegre in Talcahuano in its last match in Group C of the Conmebol Libertadores Cup.

If they win, the steel players will ensure their classification to the round of 16 of the continental tournament as first in the group and will face Peñarol in the round of the sixteen best. In case of a tie or defeat, they will have to wait for the result of this Saturday’s duel between Gremio and Estudiantes de La Plata to find out if they will advance in Libertadores as second in the group (to face Fluminense in the round of 16) or if they will have to play in the playoff of South American Cup against a rival to be defined.

On the eve of the match, coach Francisco Troncoso stated that “the context is totally different” regarding the confrontation on April 9 in Porto Alegre, when Huachipato surprised the continent by defeating the Brazilian team 2-0. “Our feeling is that we have the tools to defend ourselves from its virtues and attack its shortcomings”he assured.


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“In our house, with our people, we are going to go find the game”advancement.

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For his part, midfielder Claudio Sepúlveda, one of the leaders of the steel team, commented on the team’s motivation in the face of this challenge.

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Until the last moment, Huachipato will hope to have authorization from the Chilean National Team so that full-back Felipe Loyola, who is concentrated with La Roja, can play in this match. In this regard, Troncoso indicated that “He is a very important player for the team, but the internal competition we have is very high and the player whose turn it is to make up for his possible absence is going to do extremely well (…) The structure supports individualities”.

The Colombian Jhon Ospina will be the referee of this commitment.

 
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