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Ceni explains performance below Reinaldo in the Copa do Brasil

Ceni explains performance below Reinaldo in the Copa do Brasil

Asian Sao Paulo qualified for the semifinals of the Copa do Brasil this Thursday (18). As a result, after opening the 2-0, the team led by Rogério Ceni saw Coelho draw after the expulsion of defender Miranda, but Tricolor held the result.

In the first stage, Reinaldo ended up committing a penalty by putting his hand on the ball and in the second half, he ended up missing the ball that led to the second goal of the America. In addition, the player lost possession of the ball in the move that led to the tie for Coelho. Soon after, in a press conference, Ceni came out in defense of the athlete.

– I love Reinaldo, he was my partner and a player who makes a difference in games. He gave the ball in the middle to Luciano. He has the technical refinement, he doesn't have the physical part of Welington. It was way behind on support. I told Welington not to do what Reinaldo was doing. I knew Reinaldo wouldn't last the whole game. He was a key player against Bragantino. Welington does well on line three. When we lost the player, we needed him.

Importance of Thiago Couto

Soon after, the commander recalled the importance of the first leg, mainly praising goalkeeper Thiago Couto, who saved a penalty kick beaten by defender Iago Maidana.

– Let's not forget that the penalty saved by Thiago (Couto, in Morumbi) classified us today. That defense by Thiago was very important. He has his share of participation. Jandrei made a lot of effort to be present today. It comes at zero cost. It is important for us not to screw up like they did in the past. Jandrei made a great participation.

Finally, he showed great joy and pride for having taken his team to the two semifinals of the tournaments he is still playing in the season. In addition, he praised the fans, who filled the visitors' sector for the quarterfinal match at the Arena Independência.

—I think it's a reason to be proud of the team being in two semifinals, and the presence of the fans here I think there was more, because I heard more São Paulo fans than America, which is also beautiful. We know that the crowd is our fuel, they party at Morumbi and today it was fundamental, and today when we needed it most, in the end, they didn't stop singing for a minute. I think they are proud. For a period that is very sad for everything that has been done, they see players with passion. The fans saw a team put São Paulo in the Paulistão final, semifinal of the Copa do Brasil and Sudamericana.

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Jandrei "feet on the ground"

Right after the match, Jandrei said that the team is showing signs of evolution and has been doing well in competitions, valuing the group and the rotation that Ceni has adopted.

– We are in this sequence, a sign that we are evolving in all competitions. We have a big group, so we need to be in every competition for everyone to have a chance to play. Rogério gives opportunity to everyone, runs the team well. Now we have to prepare and think about Sunday's game and then the semifinal of the Copa do Brasil - said Jandrei.

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