Athletico is having a busy week behind the scenes. With new arrivals arriving in Curitiba and players becoming available again, the coaching staff’s range of options for the remainder of the season is increasing.
Henrique Fernandes projects Mastriani’s arrival at Athletico
In recent days, Furacão announced the signings of strikers Mastriani and Petterson, and should confirm the agreement with Lucas Di Yorio in the next few hours. With the trio, Athletico has six reinforcements signed for the season. In addition to them, Gamarra, Léo Godoy and Benítez were confirmed at the end of 2023 and started the pre-season with the squad.
Absent at the beginning of the year due to suspension, Pedro Henrique and Christian are back and are available to the technical committee. The two could even appear on the list of related players for Saturday’s game, against PSTC.
— The main thing for us to improve at Athletico is the athletic part, we need to be a more competitive team and we are moving forward. Now with Di Yorio and Mastriani, we are also stronger in the air – said coach Juan Carlos Osorio after Wednesday’s game against Cianorte.
In relation to the group that started the state championship, between signings and returns, there will be nine additions: Petterson, Mastriani It is Di Yoriohired, Thiago Heleno, Pedro Henrique It is Christianback after suspension, Leo Godoyreleased by the medical department, and Esquivel It is Arriagadawho return from the Pre-Olympic Games in the coming days — the tendency is for the Chilean not to stay.
Of those mentioned, only Thiago Heleno has already made his debut this season. He was available last week and started against Galo Maringá, at the Ligga Arena.
Updated Athletico squad
- Goalkeepers — Bento, Léo Linck, Mycael, Gabriel Pereira and Filipe
- Left-backs — Esquivel, Vinícius Kauê and Fernando*
- Right-backs — Léo Godoy, Madson
- Defenders — Gamarra, Kaique Rocha, Pedro Henrique, Thiago Heleno, Belezi
- Steering wheels — Fernandinho, Erick, Hugo Moura, Alex Santana and Kawan
- Socks — Bruno Zapelli, Christian, Danielzinho, Andrey
- Tips — Cuello, Canobbio, Jader, Benítez, Petterson
- Center forwards — Mastriani, Di Yorio, Pablo, Matheus Babi, Renan Viana*, Arriagada and Rômulo
In the coming weeks, some under-20 players who competed in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior will be evaluated by the technical committee.
With a significant number of athletes per position, Furacão also plans to loan out some players.
Athletico continues to monitor the market with an eye on opportunities. The board is also evaluating the signings of a winger, a midfielder and a right-back, but understands that the squad will be strengthened for the rest of the season with the recent moves.