The Brazilian team played its last game in the country under the command of coach Tite before the World Cup and thrashed Chile 4-0, in a situation that served as a farewell and celebration with fans at Maracanã, in addition to tests aimed at the World Cup at the Qatar, considering the classification well in advance of the five-time world champion team. Almost simultaneously, Corinthians disputed the classification to the semifinal of Paulistão with Guarani, in a penalty shootout in which the goalkeeper Cássio defined for the alvinegro club.
In the Posse de Bola #213 podcast, journalists Arnaldo Ribeiro, Eduardo Tironi, Juca Kfouri and Mauro Cezar Pereira analyze the victory of the Brazilian team, the test with Neymar as a striker in attack alongside Antony and Vinícius Júnior, the possible excitement with the result, in addition to the elimination of Italy against North Macedonia in the European repechage for the World Cup and the definition of the Paulistão semifinals, also passing through Gre-Nal, Carioca, Mineiro and the Northeast Cup.
Juca Kfouri considers that the victory of the Brazilian team had a beautiful party and had positive points such as the performances of Antony and Vinícius Júnior, but considers that it is not possible to raise expectations much from this game due to the fragility of the current Chilean team.
“Unfortunately, this aging Chilean team is not a test of anything. Now, the team wins from 4 to 0.70 thousand people at Maracanã, having a party, the party was beautiful, that is absolutely indisputable. It’s nice to see Antony, no there was Raphinha, there was Antony playing Brazilian-style soccer, Vini playing Brazilian-style soccer. Pombo enters with a vengeance, scores a beautiful goal, a beautiful display, but I ask you. And if it was against Macedonia, what would have happened? if it had been against Portugal what would have happened? If it had been against any European what would have happened? We don’t know”, says Juca.
“These qualifying games against South American teams, with the exception of Argentina, and let’s remember that the last time we faced the Argentines, the Argentine team won the Copa America at Maracanã, it’s not possible to draw great conclusions. without a doubt they have good players. Exceeds? Doesn’t exceed. Can you think about this Brazilian team playing against France today? No. How it will be in November and December, we’ll see”, he adds.
The columnist of UOL affirms that it is not possible to celebrate much the rout against Chile, pointing out that the difference between the two teams was already to be expected.
“I don’t let off steam with the rout over Chile because it was absolutely expected, Chile will not go to the World Cup, Brazil was already more than classified, playing without any weight and won 4-0”, he concludes.
Arnaldo Ribeiro: São Paulo has favoritism against Corinthians
In relation to Paulistão, Arnaldo Ribeiro points out the favoritism of São Paulo in the semifinal against Corinthians precisely because they could play in Morumbi in a single match and with the presence of only São Paulo fans, remembering the time when the Corinthians team did not wins at Cícero Pompeu de Toledo stadium.
“The favoritism between São Paulo and Corinthians depended a lot on the field, it’s a single game semi-final and a single crowd, I think it makes a lot of difference and has been the difference. Corinthians had some chances to establish the advantage or maintain the advantage of the group stage in relation to São Paulo and it didn’t make it, it lost that condition and will play as a visitor”, says Arnaldo.
“In the classics between São Paulo and Corinthians this has been a lot, Corinthians hasn’t won at Morumbi since the fair play game of Rogério Ceni, Luiz Flávio de Oliveira, Rodrigo Caio, that thing back there, and São Paulo never won at Arena Corinthians, that is, it makes a lot of difference, so yes, São Paulo has favoritism because of its fans”, he adds.
The journalist believes that coach Vítor Pereira should promote changes in the Corinthians team in relation to what he played against São Paulo in the Portuguese coach’s debut, with the difference that the physique can make in a situation in which the main Corinthians players have more of 30 years.
“Vítor Pereira, even a newcomer, will not enter with the same team of veterans that he has been putting on the field. In fact, he can enter with one more veteran in the defensive part and with fewer veterans in the offensive part. I have the impression that Fábio Santos will play as a starter, not to have an avenue on the left side, instead of Piton, but I suspect that Paulinho will not start playing, because in the first game it was his debut, Corinthians was physically dined by São Paulo for account of the high average age of its starting lineup”, says Arnaldo.
“It’s not just for the semi-final against São Paulo at Paulista, the formation of the Corinthians squad for this season is kind of demagogic, it’s a difficult team to make viable because of the average age to play in all the competitions that Corinthians will play. They put this situation in the hands of the Portuguese, he will have to make choices, he will have to start mixing the team, maybe from next Saturday against São Paulo it will be the first experience, I foresee some surprises not to have a team that can wear out so much”, he concludes.
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