As head coach, only once in his career had he lost three of his first four games, including teams from the II League he coached. After having made a dream debut at the new club, with a historic 5-0 rout of Portimonense, at home, in the first round, equaling a 17-year-old mark, the coach has only had defeats.
Gil Vicente’s coach will try to avoid, on Sunday, against Estoril, the worst sequence of results in his career in the first four games he plays in a championship. Only once, in eight seasons as head coach in Portugal, did Vítor Campelos record three defeats in his first four games. In fact, this negative balance was recorded in the II League, in 2014/15, when he was managing Trofense, in what was his debut as head coach and taking on a team with the season already underway, in January 2015, losing, at the time. , against Benfica B, Tondela and Oliveirense. A sequence that is now repeated, with defeats against Vitória de Guimarães, 2-1 away, Benfica, 3-2 at home, and Vizela, 1-0 away.
The debut in Barcelos is, therefore, one of contrasts: if on the one hand it repeated the worst negative series in the first games of a championship, on the other it entered the history of the Gilista club by equaling a 17-year-old record, achieving a victory as gorda (5-0, against Portimonense) in the I League, and in the first round, like the one inflicted on Vitória de Setúbal in February 2006.
Only Ali Alipour is down
Gil Vicente’s medical department is going through a period of less work since the season started, with only Ali Alipour in its care. The Iranian international striker continues to recover from a torn ligament, with his return scheduled for October. Back in Barcelos, after two games representing the Peruvian national team, is midfielder Jesús Castillo, who is now training with the team.