On Tuesday evening, Santos lost 2-1 to Newell’s Old Boys, in Vila Belmiro, for the fifth round of the group stage of the Sudamericana. The result increased the pressure on coach Odair Hellmann. The commander, however, is not afraid of being fired.
“I feel supported. Tomorrow I show up for work to look for solutions that we haven’t found yet to look for results. I believe in it, I am focused on that and I have faith in the work. This is my job. There is advice and a hierarchical process. Respect. Tomorrow I’m there to work and seek recovery,” he said.
With the result, Alvinegro Praiano reached its seventh consecutive winless game of the season. Three defeats and four draws. Due to the fast, Peixe fans protested after the final whistle with curses and bombs.
When asked about how to recover the psychological part of the cast, Odair highlighted that this role is not his. The coach stressed that the process of seeking recovery is “bleeding and sweating” in training.
“I won’t work on the psychological side of the players, I will work on the technical, physical and, consequently, psychological side. This area is very specific, not that of the coach. The process is to focus on what we can improve with this time. It is to believe in this training process to improve. Have we improved some things? Yes, but it was not enough, we have to improve others and get results, otherwise the environment remains tense”, he highlighted .
“We are professionals, we are strong by nature and we must be. In football you learn to take shots from a young age. Most lose more than they win. Everyone has a story. Obviously there are players who feel more, who are in the process of maturing, but we have more mature players who will help the squad. There is no psychology that will solve the problem, we are the ones who solve it,” he explained.
“We have the strength, in football we get hit a lot, you create a shell, a strength to go back. There are no two ways, there is only one: come to the CT, work, bleed and sweat as much as possible to get the result. In football, the result is not evaluated. The winner is good and the loser is bad. Today we are bad. There is no point in being angry and sad. We are strong because of this. We are just like the fans, “angry and sad, but let’s take out the chest and look into each other’s eyes. We will try harder and do this shoot,” he concluded.
In Sudamericana, Santos is in third place in group E, with four points, three behind Audax Italiano. The Argentines are still in the lead, now with 15.
In this way, coach Odair Hellmann’s team could be eliminated from the competition this Wednesday, should Audax Italiano score against Blooming away. The Brazilians will only survive if the Chileans lose to the Bolivians.
Santos now focuses on the Brazilian championship. On Saturday, at 16 (Brasilia time), the team will visit Coritiba, for the 10th round of the tournament. The last match for the South American will be on June 29, against Blooming, in Vila Belmiro, at 19:00.
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