After seven games, Corinthians begins to look like Mano Menezes. The preference for veterans, the tactical model, standardization and possession of the ball mark the return of the coach, who is looking for his first victory at the Neo Química Arena at 7pm (Brasília time) this Wednesday, against Athletico, in the Brasileirão.
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Mano’s priorities appear in the lineups, especially since the last FIFA Data: the team has become much more experienced compared to the times in Luxembourg.
This is how Fábio Santos and Ángel Romero consolidated themselves on the left side and Giuliano once again had chances together with Renato Augusto, for example.
The choices have to do with the fight against relegation in the Brasileirão. Mano Menezes argues that “it’s a time of a lot of pressure”, and the more experienced players are used to situations like this, which is why they have preference in the lineup.
The team is also increasingly familiar to fans, as they no longer have any major doubts about the lineup. Cássio, Gil, Giuliano and Renato Augusto played all the matches with Mano; Lucas Veríssimo, Fábio Santos, Maycon and Yuri Alberto are also pillars of the team; while Fagner, Fausto Vera and Romero seem to have gained position.
– Being able to repeat (the lineup) helps a lot, because it was already possible to see some plays happening naturally, with well-synchronized movements. Repetition starts to give this to the team. If you change a lot in each game, there are always four or five different players and it is difficult to demand the finest chemistry – explained Mano Menezes, in the last interview he gave.
Mano’s Corinthians established themselves with a line of four defenders, a pair of midfielders who take turns in combat and in the game, and two midfielders who help each other. The right-back has the corridor to advance, and the winger is the one who needs to provide depth on the other side. This is the system, whatever the names, after all the coach says that “the idea is more important than who plays”.
Standardization has returned the ball to Timão, who had more possession than the opponent in the last three games, against América-MG, Cuiabá and Santos.
– I always try to establish an idea that serves the largest number of players we have in the squad. That’s what I did. I like to set up teams with a winger and an attacking midfielder on the side, exactly so that this attacking midfielder comes to participate and help the other midfielder, in addition to releasing the corridor. We have improved – said Mano.
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