Corinthians vs. Santos: Round 1 of 2By: Gordon | May 8th, 2011
Well, today is the day, and this is the prize both teams want. Oh, there are two. It’s the gold one.
In a couple of hours the first game of the two legged Campeonato Paulista final will be contested at the Pacaembu against Corinthians. It will be a repeat of the final from two years ago which Corinthians won. Our record against The Musketeers all time is heavily weighted in their favor. Of the 186 games, they have won 78, with 57 going our way, and 51 being drawn. The last meeting between the two teams went to Corinthians in a 3-1 loss for Santos earlier this year.
In team news, Arouca and Léo are the only players unavailable. Rumors are that despite the fatigue the team had displayed as a result of the heavy schedule, Muricy is going to play most of the same guys. I would question the wisdom of that with the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarter final coming up in the week, but I’m not the coach. Muricy is caught between a rock and a hard place at the moment with respect to both competitions. I’ll be honest, I would rather that we go for a great run in the Libertadores and sacrifice the Paulista. I just have the feeling that even with most of the first XI, this will not turn out well. Enough pessimism for now. Here is the predicted lineup is:
Rafael; Jonathan, Edu Dracena, Durval, Alex Sandro; Adriano, Danilo, Elano, Paulo Henrique Ganso; Neymar, Zé Eduardo.
However, this is just speculation. Muricy has kept his team news a secret. The same goes for Corinthians and Tite. One certainty is that Liedson will start. Cue some ominous music. At least Elano is back. He, Neymar, and Ganso unsurprisingly will be the difference makers. Especially Ganso, I’ve mentioned before how he is a big game player.
Those are my thoughts on the upcoming game, now for some other news.
Two names are dominating the headlines on this front, both are ex-Santistas. Zé Roberto and André are reportedly eager to come back to Brazil, both under ver different circumstances. André, part of the Quarteto Santista that made us one of the best footballing team in Brazil last year, has not made a good European adventure. A transfer to Dynamo Kyiv saw him get little playing time. A loan move to Bordeaux produced more of the same. He is eager to return to Brazil. Reports suggest that Santos and Corinthians are going to vie for his signature. I’m confident that if he will choose his hometown club, he couldn’t possibly snub us. I hope at least.
From speaking about a 20 year old, I go to discussing a 36 year old. Zé Roberto is an idol at Santos, and a player who I have wanted to return for a long time. Recently he and Hamburg came to a decision to part ways when the German club would not give him the two year contract he wanted. That has prompted his wish for a return to Brazil, and Santos would definitely be his first choice. There is a caveat though. Some time ago he did express concerns about the safety of his family in Brazil. In light of this, one must wonder that if another European club jumps in at the last second, if he will change his mind.
Then there is one huge caveat. Despite the numerous deals that were signed, the expenses of the club are still too high.Thus, any big transfers, like the two mentioned above, will only take place with help from sponsors.
The club’s financial situation is a bit bleak compared to the rest of the big clubs, and that means that any more transfers into the club will have to be bargains. Departures are looking even more likely.
The post today had a very somber mood. Maybe I’m just hoping that the pessimism that I expressed before the semifinal win concludes in a similar result today.
There is always hope. Vai pra cima deles Santos!