Vitor Pereira explains why he spared Renato Augusto and Willian against Deportivo Cali: " We have to manage in the best way"

Corinthians came even closer to winning a spot in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores da América. This Wednesday (3), Timão went to Colombia to face Deportivo Cali and didn’t take the zero off the score. Both teams had a penalty for each side to try to leave the field with the three points in their luggage, but Fábio Santos for Alvinegro and Téo Gutiérrez for the Colombian side ended up wasting the charge. With the result, Timão is the isolated leader of group 5 with 7 points so far

Although the result brought Timão closer to its first objective, which is to reach the top 16 teams in the competition, Vitor Pereira did not like having to take only one point to São Paulo. In the view of the Portuguese commander, the team played good football and deserved to leave Colombia with three points.

“To be honest, we deserved to leave here with three points, we were the best team on the field and created more than enough situations to win. Not losing was not bad, but I have the feeling we lost two points. We came to win the game, our clear intention was to win the game, leave here with the three points and define the situation of the group more clearly. It wasn’t possible because we didn’t actually have our day in terms of defining the last moment. The goalkeeper also made a great save once or twice, you pay a crucible. We took a stitch, we wanted all three“, admitted the Portuguese, who in addition to watching the penalty missed by Fábio Santos saw Jô and Maycon miss great opportunities.

“We played a quality game, a consistent game, I don’t remember Cali creating any situation of quality play. They created problems because they are a physical, strong team, they had a penalty in their favor. We circulated the ball well, created opportunities , a pity was that we always wanted to finish with force to kill the goalkeeper instead of touching the ball, making a pass to the goal. We had three, four, five flagrant chances to score. Satisfied with the attitude, the personality, a difficult field, We played with quality. Jô played a fantastic game”said the coach, who explained why he kept Willian and Renato Augusto on the bench.

“Willian had a muscle problem in the previous game, he was undergoing treatment. Losing Willian for two or three months, risking his health, starting the game and he getting injured, is a risk that we cannot take. I preferred today to save Willian for 30 minutes, which do not give the level of fatigue with a very high risk of getting injured, but there was some risk. We hope that in the next game it will be 100%. Renato, on the other hand, has to be managed, when he is well he plays at a very high level, but when he is tired he has difficulties. We have to manage in the best way to avoid injuries, unfortunately we lost Paulinho for a long time, from here I send him a hug. The team thought about him throughout the game, before the game, we would have liked to have dedicated a victory, but it was not possible”, concluded Vitor Pereira.

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