From unknown to Cruzeiro fraud: Pezzolano, the main character of access

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Leader of a staff with out large stars, coach Paulo Pezzolano was the protagonist in Cruzeiro’s promotion to Serie A

The unknown in Brazil, Paulo Pezzolano, was introduced by Cruzeiro on January 3 this yr doubtful for the fan, who days earlier was anxious about the departure of Wanderlei Luxemburgo. At the age of 38, the Montevideo-born Uruguayan took on the largest problem of his profession after visiting small golf equipment in his nation and managing Pachuca in Mexico.

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Even Paulo Andre, Ronaldo’s right-hand man and chargeable for Pezzolano’s nomination, couldn’t have imagined that he can be the large title in Cruzeiro’s arrival.

The Uruguayan captain wanted solely 51 matches, 31 of them in Serie B, to write his title definitively in the historical past of the membership. With a 3-0 win over Vasco, in entrance of nearly 60,000 folks, in Mineiro, Pezzolano accomplished his first mission to reclaim Serie A from Cruzeiro. Now he needs the title.

Rarely in its historical past has Cruzeiro had a coach as a protagonist like Pezzolano. With “idol” standing, the former midfielder led an affordable staff with out stars in a historic marketing campaign in Serie B. The access to the spherical of 31 is the quickest in the historical past of the competitors.

Success supported by your three defenders

In the midst of the group’s reformulation, Paulo Pezzolano arrived at Cruzeiro with the goal of additionally altering the means the staff operated. From the first to the final press convention, the coach pointed to one precept as the key to the functioning of his recreation system: depth.

At the Uruguayan’s request, Cruzeiro primarily has the plan to draw the opposition in by conserving possession and attacking in a sustained method. In protection, the staff climbs on the block and always pressures the opponent to disarm him in the hazard zone. Regardless of the place he performs and which opponent is forward, Pezzolano maintains the idealized recreation mannequin.

“Pezzolano likes to have the ball, be aggressive and management the recreation. And he can do this in Serie B, that is very spectacular. He wasn’t the just one to do this in the Second Division, however after so many doubts whether or not you’d go up there with possession and the whole lot else (fascinating) to see how he manages to dominate the recreation, create from the sides, inside, ball in an out with the goalkeeper till it reaches the opponent’s zone”, assesses Gabriel Cora, tactical analyst step.

In the first video games of the season, nonetheless for the Campeonato Mineiro, Cruzeiro took the area in a 4-3-3. Although they didn’t win the state championship, the staff carried out satisfactorily, ending in second place. But already at the starting of Serie B, the coach determined to change the recreation plan.

The period of change was the 1-0 win over Londrina in Mineiro for the fourth spherical of Serie B. Pezzolano began to choose Cruzeiro with three defenders. The base was fashioned by Z. Ivaldo on the proper, Lucas Oliveira in the middle and Eduardo Brock on the left.

“The three defenders introduced safety. The staff already had a come from behind after they did not play everybody earlier in the yr. But the three introduced confidence by having the ability to play. Putting this into apply made the staff a clear exit from the protection. This means you may unencumber extra gamers in the corners and you’ll even place a winger as a winger. In addition, in the protection part you’ve three back-up defenders. It was fascinating to see how he tailored and even then stored the recreation form,” Cora added.

In the new scheme, Cruzeiro modified the stage of his actions. Even with improvisations on some performs, reminiscent of Machado’s foot-integrating steering wheel, the system held. There have been 19 wins, seven attracts and two defeats in 28 video games performed with this formation: a 76.1% success price.

Welcomed on and off the cruise

One of the nice deserves of Pezzolano’s tenure at Cruzeiro was attaining the staff’s dedication to the utilized fashion of play. Throughout the yr, there was no lack of reward for the coach from his gamers.

Striker Edu instructed Superesportes that each one the athletes in the group have developed below the steering of the Uruguayan.

“Since the starting of the yr, he (Pezzolano) has demanded quite a bit of depth from us. This could also be the easiest exercise, it requires the most attainable depth. This is mirrored in the video games. I realized quite a bit, it would take quite a bit of optimistic issues for the profession. The professionalism of Paulo and his technical committee may be very clear and made the distinction throughout the yr,” stated the 99 shirt.

Who additionally surrendered to Cruzeiro de Pezzolano was the coach of the Brazilian staff Tite. The canaries commander praised Raposa’s excessive rating, his depth and sustained play.

“Cruzeiro gained a number of video games from the center of the second half, exhibiting a decided staff, with soul, with extra identification,” Tite emphasised.

Flamengo provide and early renewal

When he arrived at Cruzeiro in early 2022, Paulo Pezzolano signed a contract for only one yr. Thanks to the viewers and the good efficiency of the staff on the area, the coach prolonged his relationship prematurely.

In June, he renewed his contract with Raposa till the finish of 2023. The fast negotiations have been one of the methods the membership noticed to shield Pezzolano from provides from Brazilian groups and in addition from overseas.

According to columnist Jorge Nicola of Superesportes, the Cruzeiro coach was one of the choices sought by Flamengo to fill the emptiness left by Portuguese Paulo Sousa, who was sacked at the begin of June. After the refusal, the red-blacks closed with Dorival Zhnior.

Pezzolano’s numbers on a cruise

  • Total: 51 matches, 32 wins, 9 attracts and ten defeats (68.62% success price)
  • In Serie B: 31 matches, 20 wins, eight attracts and three defeats (73.11% success price).

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