Corinthians and Santos will face each other this Wednesday at 9:30 pm at the Neo Química Arena in the first leg of the Brazilian Cup quarter-finals. It will be the second meeting between the teams this season.
The first duel took place on February 2, at Corinthians Stadium, for the third round of the Paulista Championship. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Santos, one turn, and had important points for both Timão and Peix.
Santos’ game marked the debut of coach Fábio Carille. After being ruled out of the team in the first laps due to Covid-19, the coach commanded the team, reinforced by the presence of athletes who were also missing the team in the first laps of the state, such as Kaiky and Felipe Jonathan. .
After the classic victory, however, Peix did not perform well, oscillating in matches. After four games, with two draws, one win and one defeat, Fábio Carille was released.
Another debut was attacking midfielder Ricardo Goulart. Hired to be Santos ’No. 10 pick, the player had a discreet performance at Itaquera. Still far from the ideal rhythm of the game, he worked until the end of the second half, when he was replaced by Léo Baptistão. He is currently looking for a place in the Goulart team, now led by Fabián Bustos. He walked between the chair and the starting lineup. He has 17 games without conceding a goal.
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Ricardo Goulart in the classic against Corinthians – Photo: Ivan Storti / Santos FC
The match was also the first for left-back Lucas Pires for the Santos senior team. In the 19th minute of the second half, he replaced Felipe Jonatan and started the equalizer, recovering the ball and playing for Marcos Guilherme, who released Marcos Leonardo. Lucas Pires is currently the leader of the group, having won the clash with Felipe Jonathan and is one of the main weapons of the left attack.
In the classic, Marcos Leonardo scored two goals for Santos ’victory, the first of the team this season. After lengthy negotiations, the striker agreed to renew his contract with the club in January and started the year as a starter. Now, he’s Peixe’s top scorer of the year. There are already 12 goals, with Brasileirão’s top scorer with six.
From the derby, Santos has played four games under Fábio Carille, three more with Marcelo Fernandes and 25 with Fabián Bustos. The Argentine scored nine wins, 10 draws and six defeats. Under the coach’s orders, the team scored more goals (35 in 25 games) and suffered less with the defense, with 26 goals against.
It was busting to bring more intensity to Santos. In addition, the team won important pieces such as defender Maicon, midfielder Rodrigo Fernández and midfielder Jhojan Julio, the absolute starters, in addition to other reinforcements such as midfielder Willian Maranhão and striker Bryan Angulo.
In addition to keeping Santos alive in the Brazilian Cup, Bustos will have to stay in the South American Cup and Peix will make sure he doesn’t suffer as much in the Brazilian Championship as he did last year when the team struggled to come down.
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Corinthians Santos Paulista – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
Timão has changed a lot since that game, especially because of the biggest impact of the defeat: the dismissal of coach Sylvinho in the third game of the season.
Since then, Corinthians has played 32 games. Five were with Fernando Lázaro on a temporary basis and another 27 with Vítor Pereira; two of them were in charge of assistant Filipe Almeida, due to the suspension of the Portuguese coach or the Covid-19 case.
Eliminated by São Paulo in the Paulistão semi-final, Timão made it to the quarter-finals of the Brazilian Cup and Libertadores. In Brasileirão, he fights for the tip with his opponent Palmeiras.
In the war against the Brazilian calendar, Vítor Pereira is suffering serious injuries due to injuries. Paulinho broke his knee ligaments and will only return in 2023. Maycon, with a muscle injury, is out of the crucial games in this current sequence. Names like Willian, Gil, João Victor and Júnior Moraes are also a problem.
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Corinthians coach Vítor Pereira in a match at the Arena – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
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With a small team – even more so with the dismissal of Jô due to behavioral problems – and a big bet on the base, Timão is being competitive this season, although he still needs victories against important rivals. Since his arrival, the VP has not won in São Paulo, Palmeiras and Santos, which always makes him angry when asked about it.
At least at home, on Wednesday’s stage of the match, Timão’s performance has been highlighted in 2022. There are 11 wins, five draws and one defeat. In fact, against Santos, he marked the Corinthians season in the game.