Analysis: Worthy, Sao Paulo falls, hits the ground running and sets realistic goals for the season | Sao Paulo
It was worthy of Sao Paulo who, whilst underdogs, didn’t sag in both recreation and didn’t quit attempting even after dropping 3-1 at residence in the first leg.
Relegation turns the web page on the Copa do Brasil – a match during which Sao Paulo deserted Palmeiras at the Allianz Parque – and places the tricolor toes again on the ground for the crew to accentuate its give attention to what’s most achievable: the Copa Sudamericana title; and in what’s pressing: to recuperate in the Brazilian earlier than relegation turns into an actual risk.
Caleri and Santos in the Flamengo vs Sao Paulo match — Photo: Rubens Chiri/saopaulofc
The Copa Sudamericana is Sao Paulo’s manner of competing in the Libertadores once more subsequent 12 months, an apparent and crucial purpose important to the membership due to the publicity and income offered by the match, which it has not performed this season.
Only one recreation stays, the last in opposition to Independiente Del Valle on October 1 in Córdoba, Argentina.
It’s additionally the likelihood to win a world title once more, one thing that hasn’t occurred since 2012, when São Paulo received the Sudamericana proper – of much less historic significance, however which at this level is necessary for the renewal of conquests after a decade of setbacks in Morumbi.
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However, it’s comprehensible that coach Rogerio Ceni is opting once more to make use of substitutes in the Brazilian’s subsequent two video games, the solely ones earlier than the resolution, particularly subsequent Sunday, in opposition to Ceara, in Fortaleza – even in the Brazilian’s awkward place.
With a brief squad, any harm any more is prone to imply an absence for the last – and Ceni have already misplaced Gabriel Neves, their starter, who was injured in opposition to Atlético-GO.
Then, on the twenty seventh, they face Avaí at residence forward of the journey to Argentina. When he returns from Cordoba, title or not, he must take care of the Brazilian’s poor marketing campaign.
Watch Rogério Ceni’s press convention following São Paulo’s Copa do Brasil exit
Today, Sao Paulo are solely 5 factors away from Cuiaba, the first in the relegation zone. Without sharing the consideration with the cups, the argument for reserve holders falls away, and the tendency is for the crew to recuperate in the remaining 9 rounds.
There can be little time to forestall the specter of relegation from pulling the tricolor legs once more, because it did final 12 months – when it was kicked out solely in the penultimate spherical.
It was a danger that Sao Paulo – the administrators and the teaching employees – took when selecting the path to the cup. The first step to eliminate him is to win the Sudamericana.
In this regard, the collapse of the Copa Brasilia – attributable to its format – shouldn’t trigger any upheaval to have an effect on plans going ahead. It was anticipated, with first rate performances.
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