Corinthians coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo responded to the criticism suffered by his team after the 1-1 draw against Fortaleza in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericano semi-final. The players and coaching staff were booed by the fans present at the Neo Química Arena shortly after the final whistle from referee Esteban Ostojich
“I don’t think we give too little (to the fans), but the fans will always expect a little more. At the end of the match, losing due to a dead ball, we managed to draw the match and we could have turned the situation around. “Did Fortaleza have concrete chances? The fans expect more and more”, began Luxa.
“The fans have always embraced Corinthians, so we understand that the fans don’t like it, but they always embrace it. In our reality, of football, of what we have trained, Corinthians have done well, with ball possession, Renato being “We have the possibility to decide. Let’s play like this,” he added.
Asked why he didn’t move much on the sidelines this Tuesday, as he usually does, Luxa said a collarbone problem was getting in the way. The coach revealed that he will undergo surgery in the region as soon as the year ends.
“I have a collarbone injury that prevents me from… the guys know, I’ve worked a lot… Who doesn’t know, I come to every training session… I’ll have to have surgery at the end of the game each year, so it’s a bit complicated to walk there and here,” the coach said.
Despite the criticism, the board’s plan is to continue with Luxa until the end of the season. On the other hand, it is very difficult that the coach will be able to turn around Timão’s year as manager, given that he is not part of the plans of the club’s presidential candidates, André Negão and Augusto Melo.
With the 1-1 draw, the match against Fortaleza is completely open. The second leg of the semi-final is scheduled for Tuesday 3 October, at the same time, at Arena Castelão. Now Corinthians will return to the field next Saturday, against San Paolo, away from home, in the Brazilian Championship.
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