Jair Ventura commanded Sport from the relegation zone to the G-6 of Serie A in the first weeks of work at Ilha do Retiro. But after 12 games, the team begins to feel the effects of wear and fluctuate in the classification. There are four consecutive defeats, with athletes reaching the physical limit in the middle of the sequence of games. A scenario in which the coach reinforces confidence in the squad.
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“We know, in a championship, the importance of a homogeneous squad. But I was aware, when I got here, of our squad. And I believe in them, we go to the end.”
Now, Leão faces Atlético-MG, at 21h on Saturday, for the 18th round of the Brasileirão. In the field, the coach will not be able to count on defender Maidana and midfielder Marcão, who came as starters and are suspended by yellow card.
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The alternatives for replacement in the team intensify the wear scenario. Patric, for example, played all 17 games of Rubro-negro in this Series A as a starter and in the field during the 90 minutes. On the right side, Jair Ventura has three options: Raul Prata, back after knee surgery, Elias Lira and the silver from home Ewerthon (who returned to training with the professional). None of them debuted in this Series A.
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At the same time, five athletes have been hired by Leão since the arrival of Jair Ventura. But only Thiago Neves has been used in the first team.
Left-back Júnior Tavares, midfielder Marcos Serrato and center-forward Mikael, who was on loan at Confiança, gained chances from the bench, while midfielder Márcio Araújo has not yet been called. The coach stressed the condition in which the athletes arrived at the club.
– These options came for replacements, because we lost players, we can’t help but remember that. We did not keep players and they arrived more. We made replacements. But these replacements, when we bring them, do not mean that they will be holders. Some, in specific cases, are still coming back, recovering and we continue to analyze our game, the training and those that stand out, which are in the best moment in our opinion, we chose to place.
Amid the arrival of Jair Ventura, Sport lost Willian Farias to Arab football, in addition to the strikers Elton and Ronaldo to clubs in the Serie B. On the left side, the club had not yet signed this season.
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- Goalkeepers: Maílson, Luan Polli, Carlos Eduardo and Túlio
- Right-backs: Patric, Raul Prata and Elias Lira (Ewerthon has been training)
- Defenders: Rafael Thyere, Maidana, Adryelson, Chico and Pedrão
- Left-backs: Sander (at DM), Júnior Tavares and Luciano Juba
- Flyers: Ricardinho, Marcão, Márcio Araújo, Ronaldo Henrique, Marcos Serrato, João Igor, Betinho (at DM), Alê Santos (at DM) and Ítalo
- Socks: Thiago Neves, Lucas Mugni, Jonatan Gómez and Bruninho
- Attackers: Hernane Brocador, Mikael, Marquinhos, Rogério, Lucas Venuto, Leandro Barcia, Philip and Maxwell (in the DM)
Jair Ventura training at Sport – Photo: Anderson Stevens / Sport Club do Recife