The coach Paulo Autuori assessed that Athletico did not know how to manage the initial advantage and that the expulsion of Thiago Heleno did not influence the defeat to the Fluminense por 3 a 1 this Saturday night, at Maracanã, for the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. Hurricane took the lead, with Léo Cittadini, but took the turn in Rio de Janeiro.
We started the game very well, we scored a beautiful goal, but we lost a little competitiveness. We could manage the game more intelligently. We could have made things easier for us. It is a lesson that remains
– Paulo Autuori, at a press conference
In an open match at the beginning, each team had a clear chance, with Marcos Paulo for Tricolor, and Richard for Hurricane. Shortly afterwards, in a move worked by the left side, Abner rolled for Cittadini to score.
Flu still wasted a penalty with Nenê, saved by Santos, but drew with his own midfielder after taking advantage of Marcos Paulo’s pass on the goalkeeper’s rebound – the move had Michel Araújo dribbling in front of the area with no one to take.
The situation was complicated by the expulsion of Thiago Heleno, at 36. Before, the Rio team had already lost a chance. The coach put Zé Ivaldo in the defense in place of Wellington to reorganize himself on the field.
Paulo Autuori did not like the athletic performance at Maracanã – Photo: José Tramontin / Athletico
The tricolor pressure intensified in the second stage, with Santos avoiding the turn with good defenses. Fernando Canesin, Walter and Alvarado came in to try to give more resistance. In vain. In individual plays, Marcos Paulo decided the game, in two beautiful goals.
– We came from a difficult game against River. The loss of a player resulted in an extra effort at a time that we shouldn’t have for everything that has been this sequence. We tried to balance in some way, with players with better physical resistance, but having one less is no excuse to lose – he commented.
- Athletico statistics in 2020
With the defeat, Hurricane remains in 12th place, with 28 points. The distance to the Z-4 is four points and could fall if Vasco beat Grêmio in the round. O Athletico returns to the field against Atlético-MG, next Saturday, at 17h, at Arena da Baixada
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