Scorer of the first goal Corinthians at 2-1 victory over Guarani, this Tuesday (24), for the Paulista Championship, striker Róger Guedes praised coach Fernando Lázaro, who played only his fourth game in charge of Timão. The Corinthians number 10 praised the freedom given by the coach at the beginning of the job.
Unlike previous jobs, Guedes has been playing in a new position: even though he appears more on the left side, he has been floating a lot behind center forward Yuri Alberto, which has potentialized him to score goals. There are already three in four matches played in 2023.
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– Thanks to Fernando (Lázaro), who understood the characteristics of all athletes from the middle to the front, gives me extra freedom, which I like to have on the field, to stay open, sometimes close, and Renato (Augusto) He is very intelligent and he has that, that sometimes I close and he opens in mine, this dynamic is good and ends up confusing the scorers – replied the striker during an interview in the mixed zone after the triumph over Bugre.
– We owe a lot to Fernando for the freedom he gives us on the field. In the conversations we have, he understood my characteristics, I like to float a lot there, so I don’t get disconnected in the game, I just stay open. With Renato I get along very well on the left side, Fábio since the time of the Roosters, so we have a good relationship and our squad is very good. I hope it continues like this, working out,” he added.
For Róger, this freedom given by Fernando Lázaro is the main tactical differential compared to the former coach, the Portuguese Vítor Pereira, who left Corinthians at the end of last year and agreed with Flamengo for this season.
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– Tactical part, from one coach to the other, there will always be a difference, no coach is the same as the other, only when they are from the same school, when they worked together. Fernando, we have more freedom, it’s not criticism of Vítor, it’s a way of working – highlighted the number 10 shirt.
Corinthians top scorer last year, Róger is already the athlete who scored the most goals with the alvinegra shirt this season. Still, he didn’t score balls in the nets.
– The goal is always to be champion and, if possible, to be top scorer. It’s what I ask every night for daddy from heaven and I hope he continues to bless me with many goals this year – highlighted the number 10.
But even though he is the leader in goals scored by the People’s Team so far, in 2023, Róger also has marking responsibilities. But to fulfill them he has the help of some teammates.
– We play with the ball in a diamond, but when I lose the ball I have to come back as a winger. There are times when it doesn’t work, when I’m very closed off, then Renato does mine or Roni, who does the coverage, runs like nobody else, so that helps us a lot. Sometimes I leave it to the ‘veinho’ (Fábio Santos), who he also takes care of and is part of, for us to take care of up front – joked Róger Guedes.
Since arriving at Corinthians in September 2020, Róger Guedes has played 89 games. He participated in 33 Corinthians goals in the period, with 25 balls in the net and eight assists. In the meantime, Timão has already turned down proposals from Sporting, from Portugal, and Krasnodar, from Russia, for the athlete. Roger’s contract with Timão expires on August 31, 2025.