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Pre-Champions League map: Argentines seek group stage qualification

While the biggest clubs of the Old Continent are barely playing their first pre-season games and the transfer market is still open, the… Champions League The Champions League has been played for some time now… The first round, which is played by teams from less strong countries like Andorra or Estonia, started at the beginning of June. And this Wednesday the second qualifying round is overThe Argentinian team hopes to reach the quarter-finals.

The preliminary round, popularly known as the pre-ChampionsThere are still two rounds to go before the six teams that will be added to the 24 teams that have already secured their participation. in groups. And there are two routes: that of the champions (which was played this week) and the league (for big tournaments like Portugal or the Netherlands).

On the road to champions four Argentinians have a chance to reach the group stage. One of the best known is Carlos Auzquiwho with the Ferencváros in Hungarian eliminated Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia. Former River and Talleres player El Perro came on as a substitute in both games (come on in the 1-2 first leg loss and watched from the bench in the 4-1 return win) .. In the next round, his team will face Azerbaijani Qarabag.


Carlos Auzqui won the Hungarian Cup.

Another that has seen little action in the pre Champions League is. Matias Tisseraalthough he still has a chance to play in the group stage. The old Platense is the 10 of Ludogorets from Bulgaria.who knocked out Shamrock Rovers of Ireland on Tuesday. However, the striker (he came on as a substitute in four games) already has a goal at Orejona: He scored against Sutjeska of Montenegro.. Next week his team will travel to Dinamo Zagreb of Croatiaone of the toughest opponents in this section of the key.

Will weave in Ludogorets.

Will weave in Ludogorets.

Although he did not play professionally in Argentina, Nicholas Gorobsov is another of the national representatives still in contention. Hailing from San Pedro but having had a long career in the Italian promotion system, the central midfielder is one of the key players and captain of the European Union side. Zalgiris of Lithuaniareturning from an upheaval. Elimination of Malmö (Sweden)won both games (1-0 and 2-0) and will now face another Scandinavian team: the Bodo/Glimt from Norway.

Nicholas Gorobsov of Zalgiris.

Nicholas Gorobsov of Zalgiris.

Also on the road to champions Israel Collformerly Ferro, Sarmiento and Central Córdoba. The midfielder plays for Apollo Limassolof Cyprus, who will make their Champions League debut next week when they face Maccabi Haifa from Israel. Due to their UEFA ranking, the Cordouans team avoided playing the qualifying rounds.

Coll signed until 2025 in Cyprus.

Coll signed until 2025 in Cyprus.

As for the championship, three big name players will fight for their place in the group stage. In the Benficawho have just finished third in the Portuguese championship, are Nicolas Otamendia key player at the back and a member of the Scaloneta, and Enzo Fernandezwho joined the team after River’s elimination in the Copa Libertadores. The midfielder and the defender will play against an “accessible” opponent on the pitch. Midtjylland of Denmark.

Otamendi in a Benfica friendly match.

Otamendi in a Benfica friendly match.

Likewise, in the PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands is Walter Benitez, a reinforcement who arrived on loan from Nice in France. The goalkeeper, trained in Quilmes, will find it difficult to stop: He was drawn against Frenchman Monaco, one of the candidates for the advancement…

Walter Benitez has Van Nistelrooy as DT.

Walter Benitez has Van Nistelrooy as DT.

After the third qualifying round (the first legs will take place next week and the second legs on August 8 and 9), it will be the round of the playoffs, the last stage before the groups. Four teams will go through the champion path and two through the league path.

Those who already have their ticket

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi (PSG)

Angel Di Maria (Juventus)

Julian Alvarez (Man. City)

Nahuel Molina, Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Correa (Atlético de Madrid)

Marcos Acuña, Gonzalo Montiel, Papu Gómez, Lucas Ocampos and Erik Lamela (Seville).

Cuti Romero and Gio Lo Celso -could leave- (Tottenham)

Joaquin Correa and Lautaro Martinez (Inter)

Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)

Nicolas Capaldo (Salzburg)

Lucas Alario (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Lisandro Magallán (Ajax)

Alexandro Bernabei (Celtic)

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