Analysis: Despite the frustrating draw with Ceará, individual performances give hope for Botafogo’s future
O Botafogo struggled in a 1-1 draw with Ceará at Nilton Santos. Despite main early in the match, Glorioso as soon as once more struggled to create and regularly made the opposition develop in the match. The level gained ended up being a aid for the group, who noticed their opposition concede greater than twice as many in the second half. The dangerous consequence didn’t overshadow some good individual performances, akin to Lucas Fernandes and Edward, who confirmed expertise as the group stored their tactical group and head on level. Another dangerous consequence at dwelling was guilty for the disappointment, the place the group added solely 11 out of 30 doable factors.
Botafogo had some notable returns to the beginning line-up. One of them was that Victor Cuesta, the chief in the variety of group assists in the championship (16 in 13 video games). In the final two video games, a central defender consisting of Philipe Sampaio and Lucas Mezenga has managed to indicate extra safety in defending aerial balls, though errors in the defensive line-up proceed to give alternatives to the opposition. Philipe Sampaio alone has scored 14 objectives in every recreation towards Athletic and Corinthians – 12 immediately. The arrival of Cuesta, who additionally leads the statistics in absolute variety of objectives (122), provides to the energy of anticipation and high quality of passing. .
In addition to the defensive duo of Sampaio and Cuesta, the protection was shaped by Saraiva on the proper facet, whereas Daniel Borges once more improvised on the left. The choice of Luís Castro for Daniel, filled with embezzlement in the sector, reasonably than the younger basic supervisor, tried to take care of the solidity of the protection provided by Marçal, however lowered the depth of the assault on this facet. Both Daniel and Jeffinho are right-handed and look for a diagonal in midfield when in possession. Lucas Fernandes tried to drop there to fill the sector.
There had been additionally many expectations relating to Eduardo’s return to the middle. The participant’s decisive efficiency in the win towards Athletic left followers wanting extra. The dynamic of motion provided by the midfielder creates new options for the group and shares the accountability of Lucas Fernandes in creation. Another new addition was Luis Henrique, who began on the proper facet instead of Lucas Piazon. It was his first recreation as a starter upon his return to Gloriosa.
There are nonetheless a couple of minutes left for Eduardo in the Botafogo shirt, however already it’s doable to see how his presence is altering the group. The midfielder is consistently trying for the play, speaking with his teammates, facilitating selections on the pitch and consequently bettering the efficiency of everybody on the pitch. For instance: the features that the participant performs enhance the Tchê Tchê soccer, which with much less obligations to attain the assault, can deal with discovering fast exits when distributing the ball. Eduardo can be nice at timing the recreation. The 33 shirt controls the rhythm in keeping with the wants of the recreation, circulates the ball or accelerates and verticalizes the recreation. The midfielder was the participant with the most possession in the first half, hitting all 20 passes he tried.
With no sharp winger to assault down the left and no sharp winger to assault the left facet, and in addition wanting to guard Saravia in its defensive limitations when defending in transition, Botafogo organized the ball in a 2-3 system. The wide-open sides provided amplitude and the Tchê Tchê, centralized, performed the most important position. At the forefront, gamers had been trying for approaches that may provide options to direct play. Thus, the bid that resulted in a objective was simply eight minutes into the first half. Botafogo was quick and stored the ball to place Ceará up. As the strain elevated, an “accordion impact” was created, opening up the house in the center. Gatito launched Luis Henrique, the winger shaved his head to Erison, who led till he was introduced down. Cuesta opened the scoring on a free kick.
Despite the well-defined group of the group and the objective scored in the opening minutes, Botafogo couldn’t have sufficient quantity to create new scoring alternatives. Luis Henrique and Erison, who had been key in the scoring play, had been smaller than their attackers. Still feeling a scarcity of rhythm and chemistry, Luis was unable to emerge as a deep-lying different on the proper. Erison, nonetheless, returned to introduce a flawed imaginative and prescient of the recreation that made his soccer overly individualistic. The striker distributed solely six passes in the first half and missed half of them.
But whereas Ceará created a single goal-scoring alternative in the first half, which was extremely missed by Guilherme Castilho, Vozão managed to show his elevated possession into efficient management of the recreation in the second half, making a risk for Gatito’s objective. Botafogo dropped the traces and lowered the strain in the marking. In midfield, Ceará had been in a position to enhance their compaction and take house away from Eduardo and Lucas Fernandes, stifling Glorios’ creativity. Just three minutes earlier than the finish, because of a breakdown in the defensive system, Mendoza equalized from a nook.
When house turned scarce and the position of Eduardo and Lucas Fernandes diminished, Jeffinho’s unpredictability was Alvinegro’s most important asset. The winger’s vitality and angle had been the most important offensive weapons of a group that, with fatigue and nervousness, turned more and more depending on individual options to beat the protection. The tactical group fell, passes fell and the group was unable to create new scoring alternatives.
Castro moved solely twice, however couldn’t enhance the group with substitutions. The coach had solely two offensive choices on the bench. Vinicius Lopes and Matheus Nascimento changed Luis Henrique and Erison. Physically, Ceará, who performed São Paulo in midweek for the Copa Sudamericana, regarded extra full in direction of the finish of the recreation, punishing the white-white protection with transitions at velocity. Botafogo had been fortunate to return away with a draw in the finish. In the second half alone, Ceará despatched 13 balls.
Botafogo will host Atlético Goianiense at Nilton Santos subsequent Saturday (thirteenth) at 9pm. The Dragons, who nonetheless face Red Bull Bragantino this Saturday, are on a six-game dropping streak in the Brasileirão and nonetheless share the highlight with knockout video games in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil.