With an eye on Libertadores, Crespo should spare São Paulo holders against Fortaleza – Prime Time Zone

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In Brasileirão, Tricolor is in 14th place, with 11 points, after two wins, five draws and four defeats; check out probable lineup

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Crespo applauds São Paulo players during their victory against 4 de Julho for the Copa do Brasil

Hernan Crespo must climb a Sao Paulo alternative to face the strength this Saturday afternoon, 16, at Morumbi, in a match valid for the 12th round of the Brazilian championship. This is because the coach’s focus is on the decisive clash against the Racing, scheduled for Tuesday, 19, in Avellaneda, in the city of Buenos Aires, for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores da America – na ida, the teams tied 1-1. Thus, Tricolor will need to beat the Argentines or win an equality by two or more goals to advance in the continental competition.

Today, Miranda, Rigoni, Luciano and William continued to be treated for injuries and are still in doubt for the Libertadores game – all remain out of commitment for the Brazilian Nationals. Striker Eder, with a stretch in his right thigh, will only return to training in three weeks. The most likely team to face Fortaleza will form with: Tiago Volpi, Bruno Alves, Arboleda and Léo; Galeano, Luan, Rodrigo Nestor (Talles Costa), Igor Gomes and Reinaldo; João Rojas and Pablo. At Nacional, São Paulo is in 14th place, with 11 points, after two wins, five draws and four defeats.