On Thursday (18), the Sao Paulo have a valid commitment to Copa do Brasil. As a result, the team commanded by coach Rogério Ceni duels against America-MG, for the return match of the quarterfinals, with the advantage of 1 to 0, obtained in the first confrontation. For the confrontation, Jandrei is still treated as a doubt.
The goalkeeper suffered a lumbar injury in the match against Fluminense, valid by Brasileirão, some weeks ago. So, he tried to return, since at first, it was just pain. But a short time later the injury was discovered and the archer began treatment.
This week, shirt number 93 went back to training with his teammates and on Tuesday (16), he did all the activities with the rest of the group, but he is still being treated as a doubt. Meanwhile, Rafinha, also injured, should be able to at least stay on the bench.
Meanwhile, the board of Sao Paulo went to the market in search of a goalkeeper after discovering Jandrei's injury and some names were speculated, but who arrived, already played, and has been in the starting line-up since the first match against the miners, is Felipe Alves.
The archer was hired on loan until the end of 2023 and started every game since his debut, against Athletico Paranaense, at Arena da Baixada. In addition, he could be enrolled in the Copa Sudamericana and was the hero of the classification against Ceará, saved penalty kicks.
If Jandrei doesn't play...
However, the new number 1 shirt arrived at Tricolor with the registration period for the Copa do Brasil already closed. Thus, he will not be able to play in the national competition, as well as the other reinforcements: Marcos Guilherme, Nahuel Ferraresi and Nahuel Bustos.
Thus, if Jandrei is unable to be on the field, goalkeeper Thiago Couto should return to the starting lineup. The young man revealed in Cotia went through numerous criticisms after speaking in consecutive games. In fact, in the first leg against Coelho, he ended up taking a penalty when the score was 1-0, which could worsen his situation at the club.
However, the athlete defended Iago Maidana's charge and became the hero of the confrontation. But later, he did not play anymore, being preserved by coach Rogério Ceni. In case of ownership, the archer may have one more good performance and have been 'redemption' for good in the Sao Paulo.
São Paulo and the balance against miners
In Minas Gerais, the Sao Paulo it has a total balance retrospect. So, in 16 opportunities where the team had to decide its continuation in the knockout competitions, it ended up being successful in half of the clashes.
Furthermore, making the record of decisions only in the Copa do Brasil, the balance also remains. In eight opportunities, Tricolor Paulista faced cruise, America and the Athletic, winning four matches out of eight decided in the neighboring state.
The best memory in the history of Sao Paulo was the Brazilian title of 1977. Thus, on the occasion, the tricolor team raised the mug on Minas Gerais soil, passing through Atlético-MG and winning his first title of six in Brasileirão.
On the other hand, in Belo Horizonte it also suffers one of its most suffered defeats. As a result, it was won by cruise, turnaround, at the end of the match, in the final of Copa do Brasil 2000 and lost the conquest. In fact, it was the moment Tricolor came closest to winning the tournament.
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