Santos is slowly crawling to the end of the season. Another few inches were gained on Wednesday night with a draw at home to Inter in less than ideal conditions. The two teams played out a poor game under the crying heavens and in front of a spare crowd. Even the lights fell asleep at one point. It was the embodiment of a 0x0 game, and unsurprisingly, that’s how it finished.
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Here was the lineup.
Aranha; Peres, Edu, Gustavo, Mena; Arouca, Alison, Cicero, Montillo, Everton, Thiago
I didn’t see the game, so I really have nothing to add here. The highlights will be sufficient since there wasn’t much to see from what I read.
Stats Drop (Courtesy of Who Scored)
Possession: Santos - 49%
Shots/Shots on Target: Santos - 12/5, Inter - 10/2
Shots by an individual: Montillo (Santos) - 4
Tackles: Bruno Peres (Santos) - 7
Dribbles: Bruno Peres (Santos) - 3
MOTM: Muriel (Internacional/goalkeeper) - 8.4 rating
Apparently everyone played relatively well except for Cicero, Thiago, Everton Costa, and Neilton when he came on as a substitute. The fact that these are all attacking players says it all really. I wasn’t expecting Bruno Peres to be in the top performers for Santos. Maybe he used the time warming the bench to improve? Highly unlikely.
After this weekend we enter the final stretch of the league season. The finish line can’t come soon enough.
The second meeting with Nautico this year is on Saturday. The future Serie B contestants were unlucky to not get a win at the Vila Belmiro when Santos played one of their worst games of the year. Away from the Vila and with the way the team is now, I don’t see Santos getting anything better than a draw.
Cicinho and Eugenio Mena should be available for selection. Though, as I mentioned before, I would prefer Emerson at left-back against teams that are beatable. Hopefully Claudinei finds someone to play upfront besides Everton Costa or Willian Jose. Who you ask? I’m sure a traffic cone with a Santos kit on would contribute more than the two of them put together. On a serious note, Cicero should really be tried as a striker. He has played there in the past from what I remember, and he has all the attributes to be useful in the position. It couldn’t hurt.
i) The current U20 crop continues to go strong in the U20 Copa do Brasil. They beat reigning champions Bahia 1x0 away in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie. A favorable result at the Vila next Tuesday will set up a semifinal encounter with either Atlético-Mineiro or América-Mineiro. Diego Cardoso was the scorer of the lone goal bringing his goal tally in the competition to seven. Last year he looked like an average player beside the standout talents of that team, but it looks like he may have kicked on this year. I haven’t seen the team play yet so I don’t have a first hand account to give.
ii) Santos will be without a main sponsor for the rest of the year. The new director of marketing says that he and his team are working hard to secure a deal for 2014.
iii) There is a 29 year old striker called Bruno Moraes who plays for Gil Vicente who was a Santos youth product who came through at the same time as Diego and Robinho. Apparently he was promising but he left the club for Porto because of a lack of playing time. In an interview with Globoesporte he spoke of his desire to return to Brazil, and how a return to Santos would be a dream come true. In his exact words:
Tenho muita vontade de voltar ao futebol brasileiro. No Santos ficou aquela esperança de jogar pelo clube que me revelou e ser campeão pelo meu time de coração. Se eu voltasse para o Santos, para mim, seria uma coisa que não teria preço.
"I really want to come back to Brazil. Hopefully I can play for Santos, the team I grew up supporting and the one that developed me, and win a championship. Returning to Santos, for me, would be priceless." [Source]
A bit of an awkward translation on my part, but you get the picture. I’m sure how good he is, but I hope the Santos higher-ups at least take a look at him. He surely couldn’t be worse than Everton or Willian. Could he?
iv) There was an article a week or a couple of days ago (I really can’t remember) that used stats to posit that dropping Durval made Santos’s defense poorer. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.
Until Next Time