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After the draw, goalkeeper Rafael Paiva projects a return to the Brazilian Cup: “It will be another battle”


Vasco drew 0-0 against Fortaleza on Wednesday evening at Castelão. The clash, valid for the third phase of the Copa do Brasil, will be decided in the return match in São Januário, on 21 May. In a press conference after the end of the game, interim coach Rafael Paiva acknowledged the situation […]




Vasco drew 0-0 against Fortaleza on Wednesday evening at Castelão. The clash, valid for the third phase of the Copa do Brasil, will be decided in the return match in São Januário, on 21 May. In a press conference after the match, interim coach Rafael Paiva acknowledged the challenges posed by his opponent and the value of the draw achieved away from home.

— The match was very difficult. We already knew it. The most important thing was the response the players gave on the pitch. The team fought, fought a lot, we tried to play. The idea wasn’t just to defend, but it’s very difficult to play against Fortaleza here. That said, I think we responded well. The team is alive in the return match and we will organize ourselves better to play a more balanced and attacking game. But given the circumstances in which we play here, I think the team responded well and congratulations are to be given. – declared the coach.

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Commander of Vasco’s Under 20 team, the 39-year-old coach made his debut with the senior national team today and also held his first press conference. When asked about the challenge of taking over Cruzmaltino in a difficult moment, Paiva highlighted the responsibility and thanked the team for the support, especially defender Maicon, who defended him in a post-match interview.

— First of all, it’s a pleasure to be here and manage these successful players. I knew the difficulty, we were on the eve of an under-20 Copa Rio final and we must always be prepared for these moments. I already knew the group, the profile of the players. So no matter how big the challenge, it’s a good challenge. It’s where we want to be and we work so hard to get there. It is a great pleasure to represent Vasco.

— It’s a pleasure to receive a compliment from Maicon, leader of the team. He welcomed me, as well as the whole group, and I am happy with the welcome from the athletes. The idea was to keep the attackers we had in the last few games and try to play a little more, defending the runners well especially. We wanted to have a stronger transition sooner or later, to be able to attack Fortaleza’s back. We weren’t that efficient, to their credit, but the idea was to compete and get a good result. he-he also added he about the playing style.

Other excerpts from Rafael Paiva’s press conference:

Offensive playing style

— I really like and believe in the offensive style of play, in training athletes to play a targeted game. I think this makes players develop better. But the context is completely different. We had a strong team in which we had to organize ourselves. It doesn’t matter if it’s a professional or youth team, we have to learn to suffer, but without conceding goals. And today we did it. But I like the offensive game. I think we managed to improve in some moments, to have the ball a little more. The idea was to try. It was Fortaleza’s credit to neutralize our possession.

return match

— It gave relief, not only for the result, but for the attitude of the athletes on the field. This made me more satisfied. They responded with what Vasco asked for: a team that runs, has desire, defends well and shows that it always wants to win. We had to be alive for the next game. It was important to bring him to São Januário. There we know we are strong and the fans always push us. Let’s organize ourselves better and try to play a great match for the qualification, respecting the abilities of Fortaleza, a qualified and well-trained team. There will be another big battle there.

Source: Terra

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