The Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 playoffs are about to begin as the group stage concluded with plenty of emotions and unexpected results. Four teams from each zone have claimed a spot in the knockout phase, in which the title will be at stake. 

A few months ago, Boca Juniors were crowned in the first tournament that was played in Argentina after the pandemic outbreak, and the Xeneizes are ready to defend their title in the upcoming weekend. They'll have, however, a tough opponent to begin with.

Meanwhile, seven other clubs will be eager to put their hands in the trophy to dethrone Miguel Angel Russo's side. The playoffs of the Argentine League Cup are looming around, so it's time to take a look at the schedule, format, bracket, and teams of this stage.

Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 playoffs: Format

The best four sides from Group A and B have made their way to the knockout stage of the tournament. Starting from the quarterfinals, every round will be decided in single games, and in case the two teams tie in regular time, the match will go to penalties.

The best-seeded clubs will play the quarterfinals at home, but from the following stage on, the matches are going to be held in neutral venues. 

Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021: Teams

Eight clubs have earned a spot in this round. The four teams to do it in Group A were Colón, Estudiantes, River Plate, and Racing Club. Meanwhile, the ones who advanced in Group B were Vélez Sarsfield, Boca JuniorsIndependiente, and Talleres.

Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021: Schedule

The quarterfinals will begin this weekend. Teams have been seeded according to their results in the Group Stage, and the ones with the better record will be playing this round at home. This is how the Copa de la Liga playoffs will begin: 

Quarterfinals

. Estudiantes vs Independiente - Saturday, May 15 at 4:30 PM (ET)
. Colón vs Talleres - Saturday, May 15 at 8 PM (ET)

. Vélez vs Racing - Sunday, May 16 at 11 AM (ET)
. Boca Juniors vs River Plate - Sunday, May 16 at 4:30 PM (ET)

Semifinals

May 22 and May 23.

Final

Sunday, May 30.

Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 playoffs: Bracket

Eight teams will take part in the Copa de la Liga playoffs. The sides who have qualified will face the ones from the other group based on their group stage performance. The fourth from Group A will clash with the first of Group A, and vice-versa, while the second and third-seeded from each group will face between them. 

Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 playoffs bracket (Twitter @LigaAFA).