The Corinthians He scored an important away victory last Sunday, when he beat RB Bragantino 1-0, with a goal from Renato Augusto, and remained isolated in the Brazilian championship. Massa Protta has not lost 14 matches in Nabizao in Braganca Paulista.
However, one fact caught the attention of the black and white fans: after the final whistle, coach Vitor Pereira celebrated the victory and once again greeted the players who embraced him. When it comes to striker Roger Guedes, there seems to be resistance from the 9 shirt side, who doesn’t look in the coach’s direction and doesn’t seem as happy as the rest of his teammates.
This wasn’t the first time that there seemed to be a “feud” between the two. Last week, after the 1-0 victory over Fortaleza, for the Brazilian, too, the player said, “I don’t know what eleven is in his head,” when he commented on the rotation imposed by the Portuguese, and that “the player likes to play all games.”
On the same day, the coach said at the press conference, “When the team needs, he must pass to Roger, he has to understand that the team comes first from himself.”
This refers to the fact that Guedes does not always play in the position he is most comfortable in, which is open on the left side. Sometimes, as happened against Bragantino, he needs to play up front, as a striker, since Joe was injured and Junior Moraes started on the bench. In the week, against Deportivo Cali, the player was on the bench all the time.
Timao president, Duilio Monteiro Alves, also commented on the matter in the mixed zone, after the match against Massa Brota.
“Nothing big (the situation). Roger Guedes is a great player, top scorer of the season, plays great games, there’s nothing else. Like he didn’t play a game, the others didn’t play. That’s part of that. And Vitor left of course, he wasn’t saving.” But he manages, and very well, all the players, to make them complete in all the tournaments.”
Corinthians are now preparing for the decisive duel against Portuguesa-RG, on Wednesday, for the return of the third stage of the Copa Brasil, at 21:30 (Brasilia time), at the New Coimica Arena. In the first leg, they tied 1-1 at Estádio do Café in Londrina.
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