Analysis: Atlético-MG responds to Turco, shows unity and wins Flamenco for best performance of the year | sports-mg

Athletic-MG was different. Fans who haven’t seen it in a long time. A rooster, as the anthem proudly says, powerful and vengeful. Strong, despite recent defeats to show that they are one of the best teams in the country. And vindictive, to give those who remain his commander a response that deserves a barrage of criticism.

To the beat of more than 50,000 voices, the best performance of the season in the 2-0 draw against Flamingo.

In fact, they all looked different in the Pampulha region of Belo Horizonte on Sunday. From the hours before the match, in a lively movement around Mineirão, until he refused to leave the stands of Gigante, until the end of the last whistle and long minutes.

With every closed expression he looked at, with every deafening, endless scream he heard, the sign was clear: It could also be the 13th matchday of the Brazilian, but it was a final for athletics.. And there is nothing more symbolic of this than the vigorous, steady, and steady sway of the Giant in black and white.

Much for the historical rivalry with the opponent, of course, but especially for the white-and-white moment. I would say that it is very likely that the turn from Sunday to Monday will be the first good sleep that Turco Mohamed has had for several days. The coach suffered in the progress of this match. From the critics, only the first outsiders, the clear and confusing atmosphere at the top of the Cidade do Galo. It all seemed to indicate its decline this Sunday.

Nacho celebrates Atlético-MG goal in Mineirão – Photo: Pedro Souza / Atlético

A scenario of such pressure was not enough to win one of the best teams in the country to continue working. It was necessary to convince, to act like never before, to re-enchant like in 2021. Ninety minutes for all or nothing. And it all came to a head, thanks to everything that has happened lately, perhaps thanks to the only bond that has also been strengthened in Atletico.

The team never hid the likes of Mohamed, and a clear response from the coach’s real support arrived on the field.

“He deserved this victory. He deserves the least. He’s a very good guy, and when he’s a good person, we do everything we can to help him. You can be sure we’ll give our lives for him” (Hulk)

Mosaic of Atletico-MG fans in Mineirão – Photo: Pedro Souza / Atlético

“Let’s go to Brasileirão! The biggest offer of games for a price that gives the game. Sign the Premiere!”

The initial whistle and the first few minutes of the match were enough to realize that it wasn’t going to be any Sunday. He always pushes the mass of the athletes, but he was different. The shouts in the stands were almost depressing: “Go to them, Rooster!”, And it was Rooster. Crushed flamenco on the defensive field, he had a few minutes of rest in a snowfall.

Perhaps in a short time in the initial phase, when he managed to advance his rivals and create two good chances in a row, with Andreas Pereira. Perhaps at the start of the second half, Galo tried to lower the lines to protect the defense and take advantage of counterattacks. He tried because the crowd would not allow him to retire.

It wasn’t a day to be careful, it was a “Crazy Rooster” day. At the slightest sign of a red-black response, the response came in an extra dose of willpower. Sometimes from the outside in, sometimes from the inside out. If people asked for the Rooster above, the Rooster would go. If the stands were lowered in volume, some players would make the usual gesture of raising the crowd again, and the crowd would go.

Second mosaic of Atlético-MG fans in Mineirão – Photo: Pedro Souza / Atlético

Mariano gave the atmosphere on the right side a football lesson. In the meantime, Allan recalled the great moments of 2021 by giving one of his best performances inside and outside the ball. At the front, though not as inspired as others, Nacho, Hulk and company played at the base of the race and had decisive moments.

The midfielder opened the scoring in the first half with a bounce from Keno’s header. A game built calmly, patiently, with quality. At the edge of the area, the ball was swinging from right to center, swinging from center to left. He arrived in Arana, where he raised the head of his T-shirt, which was also a highlight. On Diego Alves’ rebound, Mineirão’s first blast.

The Hulk, on the other hand, spent part of the match fighting with the Flamenco defensive pair, but when he had the least space, he showed why he is a star. Unparalleled intelligence and quality to fix Mariano’s shot in the head. Ademir closed the scoring and completed the party once and for all.

Fumacinha, by the way, put an end to the drought and took off his shirt in celebration of the (also) harsh criticism he was suffering. He replaced Vargas in the second half, returned to the starting line-up after being injured and gave him another face on the right side of the attacking system. The team closest to Galo got used to playing with Zaracho, he is still in the DM and he is missing a lot.

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Up-to-date individual and collective work, tactics, techniques and race. All under the guidance of a Mohamed this time not so quiet on the grassy edge, clearly nervous. But on Father’s Day in Argentina, it’s an evening of glory for him. Otávio’s entry into the injured Jair gap also added another coherence to the defense system.

And so he won and convinced Galo in Mineirão. At the best performance of the year. The biggest answer could be for Turco. Atlético have put an end to an uncomfortable series of four consecutive setbacks, the biggest since 2020, and the coach is getting a few more days off work. It remains to be seen how long. He has more Flamenco on Wednesday. And Mohamed knows that for him, from now on, everything will be final.

Antonio “El Turco” Mohamed, Atletico-MG coach – Photo: Pedro Souza / Atlético

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