As the Chilean clubs prepare to return to Copa Libertadores action after a two week hiatus it seems a good time to assess the trio’s performances at the midway point of the competition’s group stage.
Universidad de Chile came into the tournament as one of the favourites following their Copa Sudamericana win last year despite losing the effervescent talents of Eduardo Vargas, the goals of the Gustavo’s, Canales and Vargas, and the experience of centre back Marcos González. Placed in a tough group they have performed admirably as they strive for the fluidity in of 2011.
Universidad Católica have been the polar opposite of their domestic form. They have struggled for consistent results, drawing all three of their group games has left them in an awkward position having already played two away games in a competition notorious for its laborious away trips.
In the same group, Unión Española have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament so far, wracking up two wins and a draw after negotiating a difficult first round play-off against Mexican side Tigre. With Mauro Díaz and Emmanuel Herrera impressing they are, surprisingly, best placed of the three teams to qualify.