The luxury hotel that Santos stayed at was closed to guests because of the pandemic. For this reason, Peixe had freedom in Atibaia. Without having to share the space with other people, the team led by the Argentine coach was able to use the entire structure of the Bourbon – gym, soccer field, restaurant and meeting rooms.
As there were no games in the last few days, Santos took advantage of their free time to intensify the preparation for the match against San Lorenzo, for the third phase of the Libertadores, this Tuesday, at 21:30 (Brasília), in Argentina. Ariel Holan commanded two daily activities in almost the entire period in Atibaia, which is not usually common because of the routine of travel and confrontations.
+ Sandry sprains his knee in training at Atibaia
Santos coach Ariel Holan took advantage of free time in Atibaia for activities different from the usual ones – Photo: Ivan Storti / Santos FC
Ariel Holan, who had not yet had a free week of training since he was hired at the end of February, took advantage of the period in Atibaia, too, to improve more specific issues, such as aerial balls.
Defensive moves from the top had been giving Ariel Holan a headache in the first rounds of the Campeonato Paulista and Libertadores. Therefore, the coach tried to improve the positioning and the reaction of Santos in the aerial balls.
The isolation in Atibaia, completely different from what the teams are used to in the daily training routine and returning home, also served for Ariel Holan to have individual conversations with players.
The Argentine coach, as he does with Ângelo and Sandry, two of Santos’ promises, likes to have chats close to the ear with his athletes to guide them and pass on their philosophies.
On the field, however, Ariel Holan had problems. Defensive midfielder Sandry sprained his knee in Friday’s practice and became doubtful for the game against San Lorenzo. Kaio Jorge, who was recovering from a thigh injury, is in pain at the scene and is not confirmed for the match either.
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