Defense is a problem in this 2023 Santos. The numbers reinforce this. Third most leaked team in the Brazilian Championship with 54 goals conceded, Peixe conceded goals in the last 20 duels in the competition. This is their worst defensive sequence in the history of the Brasileirão. In total, 46 goals were conceded during the period.
Before that, the record was 12 consecutive games with goals from opponents, in 2012. Two other significant sequences occurred in 1998 and 2004, with the black and white defense being leaked in 10 consecutive duels in both cases. Check out more below:
Editions in which Santos conceded goals in the most consecutive games in the history of the Brasileirão
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The average of the current sequence is also higher than the other editions listed above: there were 2.3 goals per game. During this period, Peixe equaled its worst defeat in the history of the Brazilian Championship by suffering a 7-1 defeat to Internacional, in the 28th round. The score of 7-1 in Beira-Rio was the same as the 2005 embarrassment in the defeat suffered against rival Corinthians.
In this duel in Beira-Rio, individual failures accentuated the breakdown of Santos’ defensive system in the Brazilian Championship. There were at least two decisive errors for Colorado’s goals: Dodô’s wrong pass for Alan Patrick’s goal through coverage and the shared error of Luiz Adriano’s goal, in which João Basso loses the ball in midfield and Vladimir accepts the shot in the middle of your goal.
Despite this, decisive individual errors represent only 5% of the goals conceded by Santos in the Brasileirão, according to an assessment by the Espião Estatístico team. The defensive system as a whole has not worked well in the tournament. The aerial ball is an imminent danger. Of the 54 goals conceded in the Brazilian Championship, 21 came from the top. Only Coritiba (28) and América-MG (26) scored more goals from aerial plays in the competition.
Furthermore, the left side of the defense is the most inadequate in the Brasileirão. This is because 22 goals conceded came from that region of the field, considering the moment before the finish. Check out the details below:
- 22 goals conceded by the left side of Santos’ defense
- 14 goals conceded by the central region of Santos’ defense
- 18 goals conceded by the right side of Santos’ defense
The positive point is that Santos’ next opponent concentrates more goals on the side where Peixe is a little less leaky. Flamengo scored 19 goals from the right side of the opponent’s defense, 11 from the central stripe and 13 from the left side of the opponent’s defense.
The mission to stop the fifth best attack in the Brazilian Championship, however, faces a challenge. This is because João Basso is missing due to injury and could miss the final stretch of the tournament. The defender started the last 13 games for Santos. The decisive game against Flamengo will be played this Wednesday, at 8pm (Brasília time), at the Mané Garrincha stadium.