Currently, São Paulo also competes in the Brazilian Championship; team is lacking with Luan, Eder, Luciano and William injured
the technician of the São Paulo, or Argentine Hernan Crespo, said the Brazilian Championship is not the only priority of the team. The statement comes shortly after the club suffered a rout from Flamengo on Sunday night, the 25th. The negative result in Rio de Janeiro came right after an authoritative classification against Racing, in the Copa Libertadores, and, this Wednesday, the 28th, the SPFC starts the round of 16 of the Copa do Brasil against Vasco. Crespo said he won’t prioritize either tournament at this time. “We want to respect all competitions. We know we have a cast that can do that. Unfortunately, we have not achieved the results and we are aware of the difficulties. I’ve already explained in other press conferences that we have a team under construction and it’s difficult to repeat the 11 for several reasons. But we will keep fighting”, explained the coach.
Due to the accumulation of games, Crespo began the confrontation against Flamengo with midfielder Benítez and striker Rigoni on the bench. The two Argentines are among the top names in the squad, but have recently returned from injuries. For Wednesday’s game, the coach did not reveal whether they will be starting or what their physical situation is. “We’ll know how to get them all back. We are playing every three days. We have a lineup of important games and we know the difficulties we have. Maybe some player will be able to recover sooner. It’s not easy, but we’ll know how to move and go through this situation with a lot of work”, he said. Luan, Eder, Luciano and William are in the medical department and are in doubt to face Vasco.
Among the duels against Vasco, São Paulo will have the derby against Palmeiras, next Saturday, at Morumbi stadium. In this game, they will not feature left-back Welington and Benítez, as both received their third yellow card against Flamengo and are suspended. Welington took the warning in the first stage, after a foul in midfield. Benítez, on the other hand, received the yellow card after getting ahead of the barrier in a free-kick in second-half injury. The bid generated complaints from the Argentine midfielder. With the pair suspended, Crespo will have to change the team. In the left wing, Reinaldo should start, while in midfield Gabriel Sara and Igor Gomes fight for ownership in the team.
*With information from Estadão Content