São Paulo could suffer a dismantling in its squad if it doesn’t get a classification for next year’s Libertadores. Planning for 2023 will depend on the spot in the main tournament in South America.
Players on the end of their contract and who have high salaries should be the first to be on the layoff list. This is because the board and Rogério Ceni himself have already stated that one of the goals is to reduce the payroll.
Names such as Miranda, Eder, Rafinha, Andrés Colorado, Reinaldo and Igor Gomes are threatened by not having such a long life at the club. The first three are the most likely to say goodbye at the end of December.
Rogério Ceni in São Paulo vs Independiente del Valle — Photo: Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images
Another one who can say goodbye without missing the fans too much is Marcos Guilherme. The player does not enter the case of players dear to the club, but he has a contract until the end of this year and has not been able to play good football.
He has already made nine appearances and has no goals scored and no assists.
Even Gabriel Neves’ situation could change with the non-qualification for Libertadores. The steering wheel has already received a positive response from the board about its definitive purchase. However, the lower investment for next year could change things.
If the club wants to retain the defensive midfielder until the end of 2025, it will have to pay another US$1.7 million (R$ 8.3 million) in installments over three years as gloves to the player and his representatives.
Gabriel Neves boarding São Paulo for the South American final, in Córdoba — Photo: Publicity/São Paulo
Coach Rogério Ceni left his future undefined after last Saturday’s runner-up. Staying out of Libertadores could spell the end of your time at the club.
To try to qualify for the 2023 edition, São Paulo has ten games for the Brasileirão to achieve this feat. Ceni and company will have little time to breathe. The team faces two important games to move up the table or increase the period of frustration.
São Paulo returns to the field on Thursday, at 8 pm (GMT), to face América-MG, for the 30th round of the Brasileirão. Then, on the 9th, at 16:00, he receives Botafogo, in Morumbi. There are two direct confrontations to project the fight for Libertadores.
Given the configurations of the finals of the Copa do Brasil (Flamengo x Corinthians) and Libertadores (Flamengo x Athletico), the Brasileirão can have up to eight spots in the 2023 Libertadores.
In 13th position, Tricolor adds 37 points, the same number as Botafogo. América-MG occupies the eighth place with 42. Two victories put São Paulo back in the fight, an objective remaining after the defeat in Saturday’s decision.
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