James is preparing for the second Libertadores of his football career.

James is preparing for the second Libertadores of his football career.
James is preparing for the second Libertadores of his football career.
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São Paulo is preparing to face Talleres, in Córdoba, in the first round of group B of the Copa Libertadores. As a traditional team in the competition, Tricolor is looking for its fourth championship and hopes to count on its stars on the field, including James Rodriguez.

The Colombian, who has already played in a World Cup and several editions of the Champions League, will participate in the continental tournament for the second time in his career. His first participation took place in 2010, when he played for Banfield, from Argentina, wearing the number 8 shirt. Rodriguez played eight matches and scored five goals, being fundamental in the Argentine team’s campaign, which was eliminated in the round of 16 by the team that would come to be champion that year, Internacional.

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“I played in the Libertadores for Banfield, I was very young. Time passes quickly, the Libertadores is very difficult with long trips, not like Champions, with short trips. The maximum is two hours, three hours of travel in Europe, everything is close; here the trips are long. I think São Paulo has the team to do things well and be able to win the Libertadores, they have a lot of good, quality players, who can reach the final if everyone stays”, said James in an interview last year.

After some controversies and almost termination, James should finally get a chance in São Paulo’s starting lineup. Coach Thiago Carpini tested the Colombian in the main team during the week and should give the midfielder a chance in the match in Córdoba.


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