So Paulo guaranteed a classification in the quarterfinals of the women’s Brasileirao, even with a draw against Palmeiras last Sunday (6). With the place secured, coach Lucas Piccinato’s team are now looking to improve their ranking in the table to decide matches at home.
At the end of the first leg, the So Paulo team will face Real Brasília, at home, tomorrow (the 20th), at 3 pm, with the exception of Bahia, as a visitor, next Thursday (24).
Currently ranked seventh, with 23 points from 13 games, So Paulo will try to live up to the team’s good figures in the championship and advance to at least fourth place with 24 points in the possession of Grmio. in an exclusive interview with UOL SportIn , Lucas Piccinato talks about the scenario in the final stage of the team’s season and the group stage.
“We are very pleased to have received a preliminary classification. We can play these last two rounds with a little more peace. But a very disputed championship like this year, we need to prepare for this next stage in advance , which is a knockout stage. Kills, and the most important thing at the time,” commented the coach.
So Paulo is one of the teams that stands out in the statistics of the first leg of Brasileirao. The team has the second best defense, with only 12 goals conceded (average 0.92). In the attack, Tricolor So Paulo launched a fourth attack, scoring 26 goals. With these numbers, it was expected that the team would occupy a higher position in the table, even if the difference between Tricolor and third-placed Santos was only one point.
The tricolor team’s coach predicts sentiment in the final round and thinks the scenario of the main opponents in the table could also benefit So Paulo looking for fourth place.
He said, “Many of the top teams will be competing against teams that are fighting to avoid a fall. So, there’s always a disappointment. And we’re going to be able to play two great matches to close this first leg well. expect.”
Classic on Wednesday?
Of the eight teams that advance to the next stage, seven have already been classified. With four great teams from the state of So Paulo guaranteed, a classic from So Paulo in the quarter-finals is likely. Piccinato recognizes the power of projects by Santos, Corinthians and Palmeiras, but recalls a duel with Santos last season.
“We caught Santos in the quarter-finals and came out victorious. We’re ready for any opponent that comes. We’re obviously trying to get the best possible classification on the table. We know from reality that we’re going to take a derby. And we have no fear”, she said sharply.
With two rounds to the end of the first leg of Brasileirao, the leaders are Corinthians with 34 points, followed by Palmeiras with 31 points – the team is the only one so far unbeaten in the Alvivarde competition. Inter, fifth with 24 points, and Ferroviario, with 23, complete the ranking list. Last place is disputed by Awai/Kinderman, Flamengo and Real Brasilia.
Considered an important part of So Paulo’s plan, the forward Duda is one of the team’s highlights and occupies the vice-leadership in Brasileirao’s artillery with eight goals, in addition to three assists. Piccinato has described the player’s approach to the goal area as fundamental to change in the current season.
“A very complete player and has managed to combine all the technical ability she has this season with goals. It’s something she didn’t have last season,” she added.
Duda, 25, appeared as a surprise in Piya Sundhej’s call for technique for the Olympic Games. Starting June 25, athletes will take part in selection preparations in Portland, USA. Departure for Miyagi will be on July 15. Brasileirao would be interrupted during the Olympic brawl.