While in Botafogo, Luís Castro tries to approach the crowning champions in Qatar and Ukraine.

Botafogo’s 1-0 win over São Paulo, in the preliminary round of the Brazilian Championship, helped calm coach Luis Castro. Despite the support of businessman John Textor and not taking the direct risk of dismissal, fan demands have already increased after a recent failure. But against Internacional today at 6pm (Brasília time), in Beira-Rio, the Portuguese player does not need to win just to not let the situation of mistrust return. It also aims to get closer to the applications that provided themes in previous works.

Castro has had more problems initially in alvinegro than in his final stages. There are 14 games ahead of Botafogo with six wins, three draws and five defeats – 50% of wins. At the moment, the proximity of the demolition area is worrying despite being on a cake that is also close to the Brazilian G6.

Even more so because during this period, in his two most popular works, the use was much better. In Al-Duhail, in Qatar, for example, he won ten victories, two draws and two defeats. A good record of 76.19% of points won. There, he won the Emir Cup.

At Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine, he lifted the Ukrainian League and had a great start: he won 12 times and lost twice – a success rate of 85.71%. To get the idea, if Luis Castro could repeat this start with Botafogo in Brazilian, alvinegro would be the tournament leader.

This difficulty is explained in the cultural differences of the country and especially in the cause of the crowd. In Ukraine, Castro always had greatness beside him due to a good start to work. In Qatar, small payments were levied because there was no planned mass in the country like in Brazil.

At Nilton Santos, the Portuguese has been forced to face charges, overtime and most recently the invasion of Espaço Lonier, the club’s CT, last Wednesday. To remove the pressure, Castro will have to adjust quickly to new situations and new cultures.

Against Internacional, the character is for defender Joel Carli to continue as a founder even if Luís Castro returns to the old plan with two defenders, with two defenders. That’s because Kanu and Victor Cuesta have been suspended for the match against Internacional – the Argentine played against São Paulo because the Portuguese coach decided to organize a formation with three defenders.

On the Internacional side, the weather is to celebrate a good phase with coach Mano Menezes. But the commander will have trouble adding the team. First, because he will not be able to rely on the steering wheel Rodrigo Dourado. The athlete was released to Mexico and underwent a medical examination at Atlético San Luís club, which agreed to sign the player.

Left-back Renê is recovering from a muscle injury in his left thigh and is out. Moses gets straight into that position. Midfielder Carlos De La Pena and striker Taison are set to return to action after serving a non-playing penalty in the preliminary round for a third yellow card.


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