Between the two games of the semifinal of the Copa do Brasil, against Fluminense, Vítor Pereira showed that he had found an ideal defense duo for Corinthians: Gil and Balbuena. The two played for five consecutive games side by side.
Since then, however, the Corinthians coach has not managed to have his two holders together for even a minute on the field. Between the 3-0 against Flu, at Neo Química Arena, which earned the classification, and the first game of the final against Flamengo, on October 12, there will be five matches.
Since Gil is suspended for the game against Athletico, this Saturday, at 21:00 (Brasília time), in Itaquera, the fate will be confirmed.
See the participation of the two since the game against Fluminense:
- 9/17 – América-MG 1 x 0 Corinthians – Gil and Balbuena were spared;
- 9/28 – Corinthians 2 x 1 Atlético-GO – Gil played, Balbuena did not (allocated to the Paraguayan national team);
- 1/10 – Corinthians 2 x 0 Cuiabá – Balbuena started as a starter and was replaced by Gil;
- 4/10 – Juventude 2 x 2 Corinthians – Gil played, Balbuena was spared (muscle pain);
- 8/10 – Corinthians vs Athletico – Gil, suspended, is out; Balbuena can play.
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Gil and Balbuena, from Corinthians, in a game against Atlético-GO — Photo: Rodrigo Coca/Ag. Corinthians
The only match that the duo could have would be against Cuiabá, last Saturday. Balbuena and Raul Gustavo made the starting duo, and Gil was in the reserve, replacing Balbuena himself in the second half. But it is important to note that the Paraguayan played in the game before and after this one, and Vítor Pereira chose to manage the attrition of the squad.
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Since Balbuena returned to Corinthians (18 games ago), the only lineup repeated was Cassio, Fagner, Gil, Balbuena and Fábio Santos, on four occasions. In the other 14 matches, 14 different variations of the defensive system were used.
Much of this is due to embezzlement, whether through suspension or problems in the medical department, or even managing the team amidst the tight schedule. Now, due to greater forces, Vítor Pereira will only be able to repeat his “preferred” defense straight from the second semifinal to the first final.
Fluminense x Corinthians posed — Photo: Thiago Ribeiro/AGIF
Until then, Balbuena also needs to recover from the muscle discomfort that took him out of the draw against Juventude.
With this, it is possible to imagine that the Portuguese coach should continue with the two defenders, accompanied by Fagner and Fábio Santos, which can be considered the main defender of Corinthians.
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