Opinion: Sao Paulo ready to become champions | Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is ready to become Copa Sudamericana champions subsequent Saturday, at 5:00 p.m., in opposition to Independiente del Valle, of Ecuador, in a ultimate match in Córdoba, Argentina.
The staff commanded by Rogério Ceni created a shell through the season to attain the nice second of the final ten years with a well-defined model of play and a balanced psychology to elevate a continental championship cup once more. The newest was 2012’s Sudamericana itself.
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Last Sunday’s sport at Morumbi was proof that the staff has reached a stage the place you’ll be able to dream of a win after 5 days. Sao Paulo took on Avai and prevailed from the primary minutes. In the primary half alone, he opened 3-0 with ease, utilizing the aerial ball as his most important weapon. He closed 4 on 0 within the final transfer of the sport.
More than the well-executed objectives, there was group cohesion. A union of a staff that reveals indicators of wanting to change the course of a membership that has suffered a lot in recent times with relegation battles, political scandals and tedious eliminations.
The celebration of every objective was intense. All the gamers have fun collectively and euphorically, one thing necessary for a gaggle that desires to place every one’s identify within the historical past of São Paulo.
To attain such a stage, each psychologically and technically, the Tricolors suffered through the season. But it was struggling that gave maturity to a staff that balanced the youth of the youth of the bottom with the expertise of athletes with many champions.
Players have fun Patrick’s objective — Photo: Eduardo Rodriguez
The first massive hit was within the ultimate of the Paulista Championship in opposition to Palmeiras. After profitable the primary leg at residence 3-1, the staff was overwhelmed 4-0 within the second leg. The scar of this failure was nonetheless felt months later, particularly in interviews with coach Rogerio Ceni.
But as they are saying: “Football is cyclical…”
Round of 16 of the Copa to Brazil and who’s forward? The palm bushes. This was the staff’s probability to redeem themselves from the troublesome second place in opposition to the rival. Even discredited, Sao Paulo didn’t hand over and confirmed the primary “shell” of the season.
After profitable the primary leg at residence 1-0, the Tricolor went to Allianz, suffered a 2-0 defeat that eradicated them, however conceded a objective that took the choice to penalties. In the collections, the Ceni staff stepped up and gave a lovely response through the season.
Meanwhile, Sao Paulo are struggling in opposition to the relegation zone within the Brazilian league as they progress within the Copa Sudamericana. Even in a good World Cup state of affairs, there was a variety of stress due to the chance within the run factors.
Patrick, Sao Paulo x Alas — Photo: Marcello Zambrana/AGIF
Between one interview and one other, Ceni tried to deflect the main target with sharp statements that exposed a number of the membership’s inner difficulties. Perhaps a method to defend the solid from criticism. If that was the objective, he succeeded.
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Sao Paulo are targeted on their objectives: to attain the ultimate of one of many knockout competitions and scare away the opportunity of relegation. In the Copa do Brasil, Flamengo was eradicated within the semi-finals. But within the Sudamericana, the ultimate got here with drama after robust penalty shootouts in opposition to Ceará and Atlético-GO.
In the Brasileirão, Tricolor has performed its position nicely within the final two matches and already sees Z-4 away. With 37 factors, he opened 9 of the relegation zone. It is now attainable to journey to Córdoba with just one concern: the title.
– I feel now the staff has gained energy, now we have grown in crucial second of the yr and we imagine that we’re ready to play a fantastic sport in Cordoba – Rodrigo Nestor stated after the victory in opposition to Avai.
Having stated all that, it is protected to say that the yr’s hurdles see Sao Paulo arrive ready to elevate the cup. It might be necessary for the current, however rather more so for the longer term. The membership has the possibility to get better and as soon as once more battle for nice achievements.
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