The final stage of Corinthians’ season will be laying the foundations for next year. Now the only worry is the Brazilian League, and the club has a date from FIFA to start making decisions that will shape 2024.
After being eliminated from the South American Championship, Corinthians ended the year without a trophy
There are nine players at the end of their contract, including four regulars: Bruno Mendes, Gil, Fabio Santos, Cantelo, Maicon, Giuliano, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Ruan Oliveira.
Manu warns that evaluating each of them includes their performance in the coming months, but also what each has done throughout the season. He himself explained the criteria in his first interview at Corinthians last week.
– We always conduct evaluations. Whoever thinks that the evaluation is only in December does not understand anything about this work. If a player gets into a bad moment, he loses; If he comes in at the right time, the club loses out because he has signed a long contract. Things are more stable and complicated – the coach warned at the time.
Rebuilding Corinthians is nothing new for Mano Menezes. In his first term, he took charge of the club at the end of 2007, after relegation to League Two, and almost everything changed from year to year. It worked, with many returning to the elite.
During the second period, in 2014, players such as Alexandre Pato, Emerson Sheikh, Douglas, Edinilson, Ibson and Paulo Andre Alvinegro left. There were so many changes that Manu said at the time that he came to destroy a wall and “almost destroyed the entire house.”
-We’re here to do the work that needs to be done. I don’t think the term “dirty work” is appropriate. Football is like this, the cycles end. Every year in Brazil you have to form a new team, with rare exceptions – said Mano Menezes a few days ago.
Duilio Monteiro Alves admits there were mistakes in Corinthians’ 2023 planning
Manu’s third mission is to make Corinthians champions again. He did it the first time, the second time he left everything well in advance to claim the Brazilian title with Tite in 2015, and now he is trying to repeat the recipe.
Alvinegro has been without a title for nearly five years, with Paulistão’s last coming in 2019. It’s the biggest drought in the past three decades, after all, since the 1980s the club has not gone four consecutive seasons without winning anything.
There are 13 games remaining for Corinthians in 2023, starting at 9pm (Brasilia time) on Saturday, when they host Flamengo at the New Quimica Arena. After that there is a FIFA appointment, and on the way back a visit to Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro.
GE Corinthians echoed Duilio’s words after the elimination: “This year we made a lot of mistakes in our selections.”
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