Winners at the opening of the Serie A of the Brazilian Championship, Corinthians and Avaí face each other this Saturday (16) for the second round of the competition. Last Sunday, Timão started No Brasileirão beating Botafogo by 3 to 1 and, last Wednesday (12), they still beat Deportivo Cali (Colombia) by 1 to 0 at home, for the first round of Libertadores. Leão da Ilha de Florianópolis won at Ressacada do América-MG by 0. The duel, starting at 7 pm (Brasilia time) at Neo Química Arena, in São Paulo, will be broadcast live on national radio, with narration by André Luiz Mendes, comments by Waldir Luiz, reporting by Rodrigo Ricardo and the news duty with Bruno Mendes.
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The hosts, commanded by Portuguese coach Vítor Pereira, have the absence of right-back Fagner, who is currently suspended (remaining from the Brasileirão 2021). João Pedro and the recently hired Rafael Ramos, 27, who played for Santa Clara (Portugal), are vying for the position.
“I’m more of an offensive player than a defensive player and I’m very fierce, sometimes even a little too much (laughs)”, said the full-back.
After gaining access to Serie A in the last year, Avai returns willing to remain in the elite of Brazilian football. To this end, he hired seven players to reinforce the squad in the competition. The last to arrive at Leão da Ilha were midfielder Jean Pierre, ex-Grêmio, and striker Willian Potker, ex-Inter and Cruzeiro. For tonight’s match, coach Eduardo Barroca preaches a balanced team in offensive and defensive actions.
“One of the things I think for our team is that we have a hybrid team within the competition, to play against a strong opponent away from home, but with confidence that we have full conditions to play a great game against Corinthians” , said Baroque.
Who should not enter the field for Avai is the steering wheel Bruno Silva. The player is recovering from an ankle injury.