Re: The Corinthians news thread.
Corinthians 2 x 0 Internacional
The result may tell of a superior Corinthians side but instead it was a very balanced game between two very good teams, but of course the best team got the upper hand.
Now, unless numbers, statistics and results mean nothing at all, Corinthians has pretty much assured with 70% probability the Title truth be told for the following reasons:
1- Corinthians in 106 games under Mano Menezes management has NEVER lost by a 3 goal difference (the result Inter needs to be champion), and even with a full reserve squad the worst result was a 3-1 loss to Santos. Result which should it repeat itself gives the title to Corinthians.
2- Another great statistic that weighs a LOT for Corinthians is the fact that Corinthians scored on ALL of its away games in the Brazilian Cup, and a single goal by Corinthians forces Inter to score *4* goals.
3- Some may argue that inter was with a lot of reserves, BUT let us remember that inter with its FULL team against a Corinthians with *9* reserves only managed to get a 1-0 win AND was pressured in for most of the second half.
4- And now a bit down back to reason let's just say it that if there is a team in Brazil that CAN achieve the impossible against the Corinthians, my money would be on Inter.
So victory rant apart it was a great game, there was non-stop action attacking vs. attacking on both teams which re-arrange their defenses really fast. Taison Showed why he was the best player on the gaucho, and his duel with Alessandro was Incredible. Guiñazu to me seemed like a better CM than Verón (and both have the same haircut ), his tackling, disarming and ball stealing were also crucial for Inter, not to mention his amazing quality passing.
Alessandro, Chicão, William & Marcelo Oliveira (Diego);
Cristian, Elias & Douglas;
Jorge Henrique (Souza), Dentinho (Boquita) & Ronaldo.
Danilo Silva, Índio, Álvaro & Marcelo Cordeiro;
Sandro (Giuliano), Magrão, Guiñazu & Andrezinho (Glaydson);
Taison e Alecsandro (Leandrão).
Men of the match:
Felipe -> No Comments, see his saves on the highlights. (3)
Jorge Henrique -> Did I mention he besides being fast, Effective, with great passing skills he is also a great marker and reduces a lot the defenders creative space?
Marcelo Oliveira -> The player that impressed me the most was Marcelo Oliveira, after a crippling injury, 4 surgeries and a rare infection which nearly got his leg amputated, Marcelo is flying on the field he is originally a Dm, but he played already as a CB and as a LB and performed well on all positions. Not to mention his attaching support we can seriously be looking at a Mid/Def player! :-)
Ronaldo -> RONAAAAAAAAAAAALDO!!! You can say he is fat, He is through, he likes transsexuals, whatever but you can NEVER DENY THE FACT THAT he is the greatest striker in activity in the country. Adriano and Fred are **** compared to him, Nilmar and Taison have YEARS and YEARS of soccer to ever become Freds or Adrianos but they will never and I repeat NEVER be as great as Ronaldo.
Taison -> He really impressed me he is fast, he s daring and he is not easily intimidated. Definitely National team material for the future.
Guiñazu -> like I said he is better than Verón. "La Brujita" is a "la viejita" near him. The way the Argentinian NT has been playing I believe he is the missing piece on their midfield.
Worst on the pitch:
Souza -> He got in for 2 minutes managed not to touch the ball and to get a yellow card on an off-the ball event, tyhe only great thing about it is that now we are 100% sure he won't come in in the Final game.
Douglas -> I think that it was Guiñazu's marking that made him lose so many passes but still he was the player that lost most passes.
Leandrão: I heard about hard hitting strikers but this guys should be arrested two tackles from behind and no good attacks whatsoever.
Here are the highlights: