The Atlético-MG squad, which won a break after last Saturday’s tie (2nd), against Athletico-PR, returned to training this Wednesday afternoon (6th), in Cidade do Galo. Coach Felipão has news and returns to start the training sequence before the game against leader Botafogo, which only takes place on the 16th, Saturday.
In the squad that returned to training this Wednesday, Atlético has the return of midfielder Matías Zaracho. He recovered from his injury last week, but he heard the news of his father’s death soon after and was released to travel to Argentina. It is the athlete’s second loss of the year, who at the beginning lost his brother-in-law, who was very close.
Another novelty for Felipão is the midfielder Hyoran. He was released for physical transition last week, but he was still improving his return and was not related to the confrontation against Athletico-PR. This Wednesday, the coach received the good news that the midfielder is fully released and can play again.
Midfielder Hyoran was released by the Medical Department and is available to coach Felipão.
— Athletic (@Atletico) September 6, 2023
Zaracho hasn’t played since August 2nd, in Atlético’s defeat by Palmeiras, in Libertadores. At the time, he was in the starting lineup, but left in the first half, in pain. Hyoran also played for the last time against Palmeiras, but in the second game of the match, on the 9th.
Vargas trains normally
Threatened by Atlético’s main organized crowd, Galoucura, last Sunday (3), Chilean Eduardo Vargas trained normally with the squad. Members of the organization went to a concert hall in Belo Horizonte to look for the attacker, as they received a “complaint” that he was there on his day off. The fans did not find the player, but they sent him a message on video, threatening him.
On a day off, striker Eduardo Vargas was seen partying in Belo Horizonte.
Galoucura’s “Disk-Balada” went after it, but the attacker managed to leave first.
Members of the Organized Fans ask for the termination of the player.
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— Central do Galo (@CentralDoCAM) September 4, 2023
Athletic for the next game
Atlético now has two games ahead of them at the Arena MRV, against Botafogo and Cuiabá. For the first, against the leader of the championship, Felipão has the returns already mentioned, but he will have to rack his brains to find a substitute for Hulk, suspended. The natural thing is that Alan Kardec inherits the vacancy of shirt number 7.
The Rooster faces Botafogo on Saturday (16), at 21h. The following week, also on Saturday (23), he faces Cuiabá at the same time. In the first round, Galo lost to Rio de Janeiro by 2-0 and beat Cuiabanos by 4-0.
Off-field news too, with futsal and basketball at Atlético
In addition to the news with the returns of the players, Atlético also has one off the pitch. To be much more specific, on the courts. The club announced that it has opened a request for proposal to choose partners to assemble futsal and basketball teams. The idea of the club is to create, implement and operate teams. The partnership will be under concession with the chosen brands.
Atlético already had futsal in its history, with a very strong period in the late 90s and early 2000s. ), once the Taça Brasil (1985) and the iconic 1998 Intercontinental Cup.