The blow of São Paulo’s return against Palmeiras last Monday, and Brasileirão, is not a mistake. Everyone in the club has a role to play. And picking up pieces next Thursday, at 8 p.m., against the same opponent, for the top 16 of the Copa do Brasil, would be a huge challenge.
Rogério Ceni, in a press conference, said that the game plan was done correctly and justified the two goals by ignoring the dead ball in the break. The coach, however, did not mention that São Paulo stopped attacking and called Palmeiras off the field during the second half.
After a good first period, with many opportunities being created, the coach-led team returned to the final stage with a different perspective. If in the first 45 minutes he managed to touch the ball and make games (the merits of Ceni and the players), in the last 45 he found himself punched.
The solution was to throw long balls at Calleri to fight.
The technique was working, and São Paulo was able to slow down alviverde. However, in the 37th minute, Ceni made two changes that disrupted the system: he took Rodrigo Nestor and placed Rigoni, and promoted Eder’s entry instead of Calleri.
Jandrei regrets Palmeiras’ return goal – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
The measures left the team at greater risk, with less response. The goal seemed like a matter of time, and it was done in the 45th minute.
At this point, Ceni’s earlier aggressive accusations were shared by the players. The defensive line lacked focus, especially Miranda – who entered the field three minutes early to raise the defensive line – to free Gustavo Gómez from the second half.
The Palmeirense defender appeared to be in the process of training without submission. Even with seven São Paulo players within the area, Paraguay did not need to jump too high with a header and close the match.
It was up to São Paulo, then, to hold on for a few more minutes to take action, which would already be frustrating for being so close to victory. But then another problem arose in the group: emotional shock.
Calleri in São Paulo vs Palmeiras – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
The current São Paulo squad has already shown how they lose focus in critical times and are completely at risk. It was in the fight against the demise of Brasileirão last year, in the Paulistão final this year, also against Palmeiras, and even in away matches this season.
And in the face of all this dangerous environment, a turning point, which seemed impossible, occurred. 50 minutes, another sky ball that the guards did not cut. Murilo appeared and silenced more than 31,000 fans in Morumbi.
Last Monday’s game exposed São Paulo’s fragile weakness, which has few options on the bench and suffers from injury due to injury. In the classic there were eight absence due to medical complications.
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All the things together put the game next Thursday, with the Copa do Brasil’s best 16 point, against the Palmeiras, a huge risk.
Actors will have less than three days to pick up the pieces or “lick the sores”, as midfielder Patrick quoted it, so as not to ruin the weather which is no longer ideal. The songs of “team without shame” at the end of the bout provided a thermometer of what was to come.
Rogério Ceni has already made it clear many times that Brasileirão is a priority, but playing respectfully in fifth place, for the Copa do Brasil, could calm down in an unsettling moment.
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