Atlético-MG traveled this Thursday (31st) to Curitiba, where they will face Athletico-PR on Saturday (2nd), at 4 pm. Galo has six confirmed absences for the game. To compensate, more youth from the club’s base get the opportunity to be in the first team.
Atlético took 24 players to Curitiba. Six first-team athletes are unavailable. Defender Maurício Lemos and midfielder Battaglia are suspended. Midfielder Alan Franco and defender Igor Rabello are in the medical department. Hyoran and Zaracho were released this week and are in the process of physically transitioning. For the Argentine, the issue is that he is not even in Brazil, since he was released to return to his home country due to the death of his father on Wednesday (30).
These hearings made Felipão summon four players from the club’s base to join the Atletica delegation. They are: defender Rômulo, midfielders Paulo Vitor and Alisson, and striker Cadu.
— Athletic (@Atletico) August 31, 2023
This weekend, Atlético’s under-20 team has a decision for the quarterfinals of the Campeonato Mineiro category, which is why there are no more base players with the main team, such as striker Isaac, who has already had a few chances to play. in the professional, but should strengthen the sub-20 at the moment.
What is the likely team for Atlético-MG against Athletico-PR?
Of the absences, Maurício Lemos and Battaglia were the club’s starters in the last game, the debut at Arena MRV, against Santos. For the defender’s vacancy, Bruno Fuchs should be chosen. Already the steering wheel vacancy would be Alan Franco, who ended up getting injured in the last match too. With that, Edenilson appears as a likely starter. Patrick and Rubens can also be options, in addition to the young Paulo Vitor.
Without his main midfielder, Felipão can still choose to change the formation, climbing three defenders. In that case, Réver would form the defense with Jemerson and Fuchs. The trainer still needs to open an eye with Hulk. Its main player is hanging and, if he gets yellow, he will be out of the duel against leader Botafogo in the next round.
The coach was also “lucky” that Atlético managed to suspend Guilherme Arana, who had been punished by the STJD with two games of suspension, for having been expelled for hitting an elbow on the opponent against Goiás.
The likely Atlético-MG has: Everson; Mariano (Saravia), Bruno Fuchs, Jemerson and Guilherme Arana; Otávio, Edenilson and Pedrinho; Pavón, Paulinho and Hulk.
Atlético in the Brasileirão
With three wins in the last four games, Atlético managed to start to rebuild in the Brazilian Championship. Galo is far from its goal, which is the G4, but managed to jump to 9th place, adding 30 points. The 4th place at the moment is Flamengo, which has 36 points.
If Galo wins Athletico-PR this weekend, the club will be able to tie points with the opponent and get closer to its goal. After this match, the Brasileirão will stop because of the FIFA date and will only return on September 16, when the alvinegro faces Botafogo, at the MRV Arena.