Team was competitive against an opponent who finished much better last season; with reinforcements to join the team, the challenge will be to maintain the apparent evolution
It is obvious that you, the fan, have the right to be upset because the victory did not happen. It is also evident that defensive dead-ball failures cannot be repeated as often. But Vasco also has a lot of positive things to take from the match against Fluminense, although they did not win.
Starting by understanding that the rival is preparing for the Copa Libertadores while the reality of Cruz-Maltino is to adjust to try to return to the national elite. And Marcelo Cabo’s team sustained the rival’s initial pressure, imposed itself throughout the second half, took the lead and, in the second half, also knew how to rise.
There was a ball on the post, placed by Andrey; there was Laranjeira forcing Marcos Felipe to make an important defense … and the majority of the team attracted positive attention. See Galarza, for example. He didn’t score, he didn’t make big passes, but he was noticed almost omnipresent on the pitch.
And the coach has his share of reason when considering absences. Although it is important for everyone to know that the season will be exhausting, the absences will be repeated, the injuries and suspensions will happen and the Serie B promises to be extremely tough. It will be like this until the last game.
If the reinforcements for the attack are still going to enter the team and mingle, the defense also needs to improve for the reasons already mentioned here. Week after week, Vasco will have a constant change of tires with the car in motion. If the path looks right, the speed must be constant. The desired destination is already known: the elite.
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