Although Europeans continue not to care much about the FIFA Club World Cup, South Americans still see the competition with a lot of importance.
The Copa Libertadores semifinals are only being played in October, but clubs are already wondering who could be facing Liverpool in Qatar in December.
Grêmio president Romildo Bolzan Junior has spoken to Fox Sports this week, and has claimed that this time, whoever plays the Reds will have an easier challenge than those who faced Real Madrid back in 2017.
“The favourites tend to be European teams, always. I’m sure Liverpool scare less than the Real Madrid we faced. Liverpool are a team that can be beaten. For us, for Flamengo, for Boca, for River. Real Madrid were a galactic team, full of stars,” said Romildo Bolzan Junior (via UOL).
The president recalls the fact because it was his club who lost the final to the Galacticos two years ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner from a free-kick.
The Copa Libertadores final will be played between a Brazilian and Argentine club, since Grêmio are facing Flamengo and Boca Juniors are clashing with River Plate in the semifinals.
Liverpool have already faced Flamengo in an Intercontinental Cup after winning the Champions League in 1981. On that occasion, the Brazilian side, led by Zico, won 3-0.