There are still five matches to close the qualifying phase of the Mineiro Championship, but Cruzeiro can now turn on the warning signal regarding the risk of being out of the semifinal for the second consecutive year. In the first six matches, the celestial team scored only eight points, with two wins, two draws and two defeats. If you still want to fight for the place in the knockout stage, you will have to beat Boa Esporte this Sunday, at 11 am, at Melo stadium, in Varginha, for the seventh round.
The state table shows Boa in a delicate situation, in 11th position, with only four points (1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses). Cruzeiro, on the other hand, drew with Uberlndia (1 to 1), lost to Caldense (1 to 0), won from URT (2 to 0) and Athletic (1 to 0), and was equal with Tombense (0 to 0). The performance below that of 2020, when, under the command of coach Adilson Batista, the team scored 11 points in the six initial duels (3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat).
After facing Boa, Cruzeiro faces Coimbra, Atltico, Pouso Alegre and Patrocinense. At least four triumphs will be necessary, so that the team reaches 20 points and has a 99.6% probability of classification, according to the UFMG Department of Mathematics. Today, Raposa’s chances are estimated at 28.3%.
In this Thursday’s match, Cruzeiro finished 19 times, according to Footstats, but only six towards the goal. The most dangerous move was a shot by Matheus Barbosa on the post, after the opposing defense failed. J Tombense had the best opportunity of the match in a penalty kick taken by Paulinho Dias, in the 29th minute of the final stage. Fbio fell in the right corner and held tight to the kick of shirt 7.
Despite the frustrating result and the current unfavorable scenario, coach Felipe Conceio considered Cruzeiro’s performance to be positive, disagreed with the criticisms of the team’s performance and hinted that he will maintain a base ranking for the next commitments. The formation against Tombense had Fbio; Cceres, Manoel, Ramon and Alan Ruschel; Adriano, Matheus Barbosa and Marcinho; Bruno Jos, Felipe Augusto and Rafael Sobis. In the confrontation with Boa, Ruschel will be suspended for a red card.
“We have entered a phase in which we have a greater knowledge of the cast, only of adjustments. The team now tends to win a bigger set by repeating the lineup. We will make some adjustments, sometimes due to injury or performance, but not like all the changes I made at first, ”said Conceio.
“Making a good game like we did and having a team base, certainly the trend will only grow. Just get out of the way, keep the aggressive attitude and this behavior that the athletes had. Unfortunately we did not leave with victory, but we are on the right path. We will make the adjustments we need, but this second phase will be more consistent and the results will turn ”, he added.
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