After a difficult start, Vanderlei Luxemburgo is having quiet days in Corinthians: this Tuesday, a goalless draw against Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina saw the team qualify for the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals and extend their unbeaten streak to ten matches (seven wins and three draws).
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In a press conference, the coach emphasized that knockout matches need not be plastically pretty:
– With so many window games, I don’t expect a nice match in the cup, especially Libertadores and Sol Americana. It’s always game-heavy, brief and idiosyncratic, and that’s how it goes. We didn’t win the classification today, we won at home, when we came with the advantage.
In Rosario, Luxembourg took to the field a team that still had some mixes. Names such as Mateus Bedu, Bruno Mendes, Caetano, Ruan Oliveira started in the starting line-up, while Fabio Santos, Wagner and Murillo started on the bench. Renato Augusto, who survived him, didn’t even travel to Argentina.
– It’s a game, right? Playing, getting to know each other better, giving more minutes to players who haven’t played. There was a division, putting the experts on one side, and the boys on the other. I’d give them a game, to let everyone take turns, playing a little bit here, a little bit there. Today, for example, Murillo did not play. Murillo is young, but he also feels it, his leg was heavy. The team rotation was very good, you mature with each game. More experienced people will pass on to the little ones how it works.
Given the closeness of the decision on the 16th, against Sao Paulo, in Morumbi, in the second match of the Brazilian Cup semi-final, the coach was asked about Renato Augusto and the other players who remained in Brazil in the process of physical conditioning, the cases of Moscardo and Rojas.
“You think about the future, man. Let’s go back to Sao Paulo, see how the players do. I told Renato to go back to Sao Paulo, it would be dangerous to leave him here, in a series of matches, he’s an experienced player, it’s important for him to prepare for the matches, we’ll have Decisions. Although today is a decision, it will be very risky. We’re getting information from the players who are there, but let’s see what needs to be done. It’s important for everyone to be present against Coritiba and Sao Paulo.
Timão returns to Brazil on Wednesday. Prior to the decision, he will face Coxa in Itakera, Sunday, at 4pm (Brasilia time), for the 19th round of the Brazilian Championship.
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