O cruise was one of the favorites to fight for title and access in Srie B, to the point that the president Srgio Santos Rodrigues, in conversation with the cast on May 29, affirm that the team would rise with tranquility. “Whoever thought it would take five or ten years will die of rage. We will rise very well this year, because we trust the cast, we will rise and we will be competitive again in Srie A ”.
Round-by-round performance in the second division (see gallery below) shows that Cruzeiro was in fact in the fight for the G4 when starting with victories in the first three rounds: Botafogo-SP (2 to 1), Guarani (3 to 2) and Figueirense (1 to 0). On that occasion, the team made up for the loss of six points due to a penalty in FIFA and reached ninth place, with three. Vitria, in fourth place, added up to five, as did the current leader, Chapecoense (50), who finished sixth. Sampaio Corra, now third, with 41, had lost all the duels and was holding his flashlight.
Cruise position at the end of each round of Series B
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Following the competition, Raposa fell out of performance with Enderson Moreira, fired on September 8, the day after the 1-1 draw with CRB, for the eighth round. The board bet on Ney Franco, which was also short-lived: only seven games. Then he convinced Luiz Felipe Scolari to “embrace the project” and offered him a contract until December 2022, with the right to a severance fee of R $ 10 million, according to UOL.
In nine games, Scolari won five, drew three and lost one, with 66.66%. During this period, the club reduced the distance from the G4 from 14 to 10 points, but did not return to the top ten. The main obstacle to this approach is the poor performance in Mineiro – 41% of use, with four victories, four draws and five defeats. There is a contrast in relation to income away from home – six victories, three draws and three setbacks (58.33%).
With high morale after beating Amrica 2-1, on Wednesday, at Independência, Cruzeiro will try to end the “zica” in Mineiro in the game against Brasil de Pelotas, at 21h on Saturday, for the 26th round. Depending on a combination of results, the team can jump up to five positions, in addition to increasing the likelihood of returning to the national elite. The players are aligned in their speech when talking in the interviews that “you can’t lose more points at home”.
“If we want something bigger in the championship, we have to stop fooling around when we play in Mineiro. We play away from home in a way and in Mineiro we are sinning a lot, losing many points. We have to try to win at home and continue so that we can achieve the goals ”, declared the defender Ramon.
“At home we have been relaxed, which cannot happen. We are the ones who have to impose the pace of the game, what we hope to do. rest, work and focus on that Saturday game now, because it will be very important for the championship sequence. We can no longer think about losing points at home. With the ball having quality, without the ball having the humility to run, score and not be hit ”, added the midfielder Filipe Machado.
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