Maria Eduarda Souza


After the victory against Chapecoense, Sport took the top of the table in Serie B of the Brazilian Championship

Rafael Vieira/AGIF.  Gilmar Dal Pozzo took advantage of the triumph to defend Sport's style of play
Rafael Vieira/AGIF. Gilmar Dal Pozzo took advantage of the triumph to defend Sport’s style of play

Sport slept in the lead of Serie B after the 1-0 victory over Chapecoense, at Arena Condá. Now, Leão awaits the results of the matches of Bahia and Cruzeiro to know if he remains in the position for the round. Gilmar Dal Pozzo, former Chape commander, showed satisfaction with the team’s performance, especially against a team with whom the coach already has a history.

This game stirred emotion. I have a history at Chapecoense and I was worth the lead. It wasn’t just any game. I played with the team, I was very participative, because I wanted to win and end up in the lead. This is the face of Serie B. It’s conquering, nobody gives anything for free. It was a difficult game and we were lethal. We controlled the match and we knew that if we played a good game, we would come out with the victory and lead.“, said the coach, who participated in the access campaigns of the Santa Catarina team between 2012 and 2014.

Sport, which ended the match without conceding a goal, boasts the best defense in Serie B, alongside Bahia, with only two goals conceded. However, Dal Pozzo disapproves of the idea that the team prioritizes only defense and asked that “not create labels” for the team.

We don’t prioritize the defensive system. We had more possession of the ball than the opponent. You cannot create a label that Sport only defends itself. Serie B is very balanced. We won because we controlled the game, played supported, verticalized, attacked space and had the courage to play like a big team and score like a big team“, he said. Sport returns to the pitch next Tuesday (17), against Novorizontino, away from home.

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