After opening the advantage playing at home, Hurricane secured a spot in the next phase and now awaits their next opponent, which should be Flamengo
O Athletico went to Vila Belmiro (SP), last Tuesday night (14), and guaranteed classification to the semifinal gives Brazil’s Cup. After winning the Santos at home for 1×0, Hurricane had a great goal from defender Zé Ivaldo for repeat the score away from Arena da Baixada and ensure presence among the four best teams in the tournament.
For the second duel with Peixe, Athletico had changes in the starting lineup. The technical committee opted for change tactical scheme, promoting the entry of Ze Ivaldo to form a trio with Thiago Heleno and Pedro Henrique in the defensive system. The strategy worked and was explained by technical assistant Bruno Lazaroni.
“We analyzed a lot the game between Santos and Bahia. We noticed that they always tried to arrive with three players through the corridors. So, mainly to avoid this space between the full-back and the defender, when we had a line of four, we went with a line of five, which undoes according to the side of the ball.”, evaluated.
Lazaroni has been leading the team alongside director Paulo Autuori, while the top management has not agreed to hire a new coach. The assistant highlighted the victory, only the second in the history of Athletico acting in Vila Belmiro, and gave credits to the work that was being carried out by the Portuguese António Oliveira in the Arena da Baixada.
“We need to praise the work that has been developed since last season. Today, we got a difficult classification, but we need to praise the work that was done by António Oliveira. We ended up being consumed by the calendar, the number of games, the competitions, but this classification is very much due to the work that was being done under the leadership of António”, completed.