Millonarios is currently struggling in the 2016-II season, and they recently brought in a new manager. He is helping Millonarios to play better and also helping the team to gain more points for the aggregate table, but the ultimate goal is to win the league title. Millonarios is currently 11th in the 2016-II table and 3rd in the aggregate table. The fans want the team to go back to compete in Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Copa Libertadores is the UEFA Champions League of South America. Every South American team wants to compete in this cup. In the Copa Libertadores, there are four spots for the Colombian teams. Two spots guarantee two teams to go straight to the group stages, and the two remaining spot goes to the first stage to qualify for the group stages. The third and fourth Colombian team would have to play against another team in South America for the remaining four spots that will be eligible to the group stages. The 2017 Copa Libertadores will be a bit different because Atletico Nacional won the Copa Libertadores in 2016 so, they get the defending champion spot. It won’t affect the four spots. Independiente Medellin won the 2016-I season, and they get the automatic qualification to the Libertadores. So right now, there are three spots left, one is a direct qualification to the group stages, and the other two are for the first stage. The direct qualification spot is for the 2016-II season champion. The third and fourth spot is for the two teams that finished the highest in the aggregate table and weren’t the champions of the league. Millonarios is aiming to win the league, and they will gain aggregate points in the process. This will also give us a qualifying spot, one directly and one indirectly to the group stage. Millonarios depends on themselves and not on any other teams or results.
Copa Sudamericana is the UEFA Europa League of South America. It’s also an important competition for the South American teams. This format is different from the Copa Libertadores’ format. Colombia will have four spots for this competition. One spot is from Copa Colombia, and the other three spots are awarded to the best-placed teams, not going to Libertadores on the aggregate table. Everyone is qualified for the first stage, and there is no group stage in this competition. It’s a knockout stage format with two legged round. If you lose after both matches, you’re eliminated. This competition is tough and very straightforward.
Teams cannot compete directly in both tournaments. There is an exception; the eight teams in 3rd place eliminated from the group stage of the Libertadores, along with the two best eliminated from the first stage will qualify for the Sudamericana. With that being said, it’s important for Millonarios to win the league and qualify to the Libertadores without a problem. Our main goal is winning the league! VAMOS MILLONARIOS!!!
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