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Who wins the Copa Libertadores 2018?

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Who will win the Copa Libertadores 2018?

By Ernesto Ibarra

47 South American teams will once again fight for the prestigious trophy in the one of the toughest football tournaments in the planet

A new edition of the Copa Libertadores is set to begin once again in January 2018, with the 47 best South American clubs looking to be crowned the best club in CONMEBOL. The 59th edition of the Libertadores will once again be held without the participation of Mexican clubs, who for years had been great guests of the tournament, that added higher level of competition to a championship usually dominated by Argentinian and Brazilian clubs.

This year looks to be no different. As the preparations for the draw in Paraguay begin, that will determine how the groups will be conformed, CONMEBOL has already announced that the highest teams ranked that will be placed in pot 1 (the pot with the group leaders), will be made up of four Brazilian teams (Gremio, Cruzeiro, Corinthians, Santos), two Argentinian teams (Boca Juniors and River Plate), one from Uruguay (Peñarol), and one from Colombia (Nacional). This clearly sets the path for Brazil and Argentina to once again have several of their clubs reach the final stages of the tournament.

The big contenders

With this in mind it’s no surprise that the candidates to win the 2018 edition of the libertadores from Argentina and Brazil. The main probably defending champion Gremio, who won the 2017 edition and went to the Fifa Club World Cup and reach the final against Real Madrid and lost to powerful spanish giant by only 1-0, proving that they are a solid football club with high chances of taking the libertadores cup home once again. With talented players like Luan and Arthur that are already sought after by the main european clubs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in the final stages of the tournament in 2018 again.

The biggest challenge for them will probably come from home, with Corinthians being another big candidate to with the Libertadores.The club from Sao Paulo classified to the Libertadores after winning the Brazilian serie A with an impressive amount of 72 points made, ten points above city rival Palmeiras, who had to play catch up during the whole year and never really managed to seem like a threat for the Corinthianos in the table.

But Argentinian clubs will always be teams to watch out for in the Libertadores tournament, and 2018 will not be any different. With both River Plate and Boca Juniors, the nation's two most important and successful clubs in the competition, Argentina has high chances of bringing the trophy back home.

Boca Juniors arrives to the Libertadores after winning the Argentinian first division league title. The “Xeneize” started the year as the league leaders and never let go of their position, and managed to crown themselves champions with two games still left to go. Not only the numbers speak highly of boca, but also their display of play. Boca gave some amazing performances during the year playing some very spectacular football led by top quality players like former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago, and international strikers Benedetto and Erwin Cardona.

Rival River plate reached the competition after winning the Argentinian Cup. The team from Rio de la Plata showed some very solid displays of football and even managed to beat rival Boca during the last season, with an astounding comeback in Boca Junior’s stadium “La Bombonera”, that in the end wouldn’t prove to be enough, and would only allow them to finish second in the league. However, with a star striker like Ignaccio Scocco, veteran goalkeeper German Lux, and the rumour that Barcelona's Javier Mascherano will arrive to the millonarios, River Plate is definitely a strong team with enough arguments to win the tournament. 

The Copa Libertadores is scheduled to begin on the 22nd of January, with the first match still to be determined after the draw takes place on the 20th of December in Paraguay.