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Koca Press, Hulk Reserve (and Kick Off), Show Us Baba: How It Was Another Atlético-MG Classic |  Athlete - mg

Koca Press, Hulk Reserve (and Kick Off), Show Us Baba: How It Was Another Atlético-MG Classic | Athlete – mg

11 months ago, Atletico MG And he met Cruzeiro for the last time. Mineirao was still behind closed doors, the Hulk wasn’t the hero he would become, Gallo’s powerful attack didn’t work out in that classic, and coach Kuka was under pressure after the defeat.

Atlético 2021 will end completely differently. National titles and dedication to players, technical staff and directors. Now, this Sunday, Gallo will meet his biggest rival again, and with the same last derby mission: to confirm favouritism, despite the lack of that word in Atlético’s speech.

On April 11, 2021, Cruzeiro won with a goal from Arton in the second half. In that match, the Hulk was only activated in the supplemental stage, in Savarino’s place. The ball caught a little. He will be sent off near the 45th minute of the second half, after a confusion with William Boetker (who is no longer in Brazil).

Lance de Cruzeiro 1×0 Atletico 2021 – Photo: Bruno Haddad / Cruzeiro

Until the last derby, Hulk played only six matches with one goal and one pass. He was turning around quickly at the Libertadores. And he ended 2021 as the top scorer of the Brazilian season (36 goals). In 2022, there were five goals in five matches. Another structure for Atlético.

In the second derby in a row, Matias Zaracho will not play. In 2021, he was on the bench, but did not enter. On Sunday, he suffered a thigh injury.

Coach Coca had to answer crucial questions in the post-match press conference. In one is a symbolic answer: I will cover in 10 days. This was the deadline for his first appearance in the Libertadores, against La Guaira. It was a tie in Venezuela. It just took more time and patience. The fruits will be harvested. In Liberta, the semi-finished bitter taste. In Brazil and Copa Brasil, the titles last year brought the biggest victories in Atlético’s history. Just missing the classic.

Hulk and Romulo “Survivors” from the classic film in Minas Gerais – Photo: Gustavo Alexo / Cruzeiro

In that match, it was a memorable moment for left-back Guilherme Arana. He left Mineirao for the maternity hospital, because his little boy Gui would be born hours later, still Sunday. It even became an amulet, as Gallo had an undefeated streak until his debut in the Brazilian Championship.

From Cruzeiro’s 1×0 match with Atlético, a lot has changed in Gallo. The players who took part in the match left the club – like Alonso; Maroney, Nathan and Heoran (entered in the second half). Mariano established himself as a key player, Nathan Silva returned to be also a key player, Tchê Tchê left the title, and Savarino’s standing declined.

There is something to be repeated on Sunday. The Atletico fan’s need to look at a superior team on the field in search of victory. There are trophies stacked, players unified, and although Cruzeiro has made some tweaks and improvements to the squad’s form, it is a club looking to return to the top flight.

Partner Galo na Veia – Atlético-MG – Photo: Disclosure

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