São Paulo fans ‘send a message’ to the team after another defeat: « Brazilian Cup is an obligation »

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São Paulo stumbled again in the Brazilian Championship. This Wednesday (13), Tricolor even opened the scoring at Beira-Rio, but suffered a comeback in the second half and left the field with yet another defeat under their belt. Coach Dorival Júnior was one of the most criticized by fans, who also questioned the team’s apathetic attitude in the match.

Without major aspirations in the Brasileirão, São Paulo sees the Copa do Brasil as the only opportunity for a title this season. Guaranteed in the final, the Morumbi club will face Flamengo next Sunday (17), at Maracanã, in the first leg. With the decision knocking on the door, tricolor fans, angry after the upset defeat in Porto Alegre, demanded the squad and coaching staff to turn the key and ‘give their lives’ in the national knockout stage.

São Paulo’s situation in the Brasileirão

As mentioned, São Paulo doesn’t fight for practically anything in the Brazilian Championship and has had a very irregular campaign so far. The team led by Dorival Júnior has not won in seven games in the competition and is only in 12th place, with 28 points achieved.

In 23 rounds played, Tricolor won seven games, drew another seven and lost eight. Far from the classification zone for Libertadores, the team is unable to repeat the good performances it had in the Copa do Brasil in the straight points tournament.

Copa do Brasil can save São Paulo’s year

Recently, São Paulo was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the South American Championship. In the middle of Morumbi, Tricolor was defeated on penalties by LDU and said goodbye to the continental competition. With that, the Copa do Brasil was what was left for Dorival Júnior’s team in the 2023 season

Irregular in the Brasileirão, São Paulo has the chance to save the year by lifting a previously unprecedented title in its history, as it has never won the national knockout stage. In a draw held at the CBF headquarters, it was decided that the Morumbi club will have the advantage of playing the second match of the big decision at home. The dates of the duels are September 17th (Maracanã) and 24th (Morumbi).

São Paulo’s next games

  • Flamengo x São Paulo – Copa do Brasil (final – first leg) – Maracanã – Sunday (17/9), at 4pm (Brasília time);
  • São Paulo x Fortaleza – Brazilian Championship – Morumbi – Wednesday (20/9), at 9:30 pm (Brasília time);
  • São Paulo x Flamengo – Copa do Brasil (final – return) – Morumbi – Sunday (24/9), at 4pm (Brasília time)

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