Corinthians is considered to be the biggest or most prestigious club in Brazil after having won the Brazilian League a total of 27 times, they are the leaders on having it collected most times. Managing a club of this level is not an easy task to accomplish as the pressure that originates from being in charge of such a high profile club is very demanding and this can be evidenced by the fact that Mario Menezes decided to resign from his managerial position in the Brazilian side.
It remains unsure as to what exactly was the reason on why Menezes stepped down from coaching Corinthians but the former coach of Brazil did reveal details concerning the situation as he said that he feels like he has accomplished his duty after having qualified Corinthians to the Libertadores Cup of next year and also securing the 4th spot in Brazil’s top tier league.
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Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has criticised the Arena Corinthians pitch ahead of the final group match against Netherlands. Arena Corinthians will be the home of Brazilian outfit Corinthians once the World Cup comes to an end. A very impressive stadium that has been purpose-built for the World Cup, this will be able to hold just under 63,000 fans at any given moment. The pitches at the World Cup 2014 have so far been excellent, but Sampaoli has blamed the Arena Corinthians pitch for not being conducive to good football.
Chile going to the final match against Netherlands hoping to get a win. Both teams are level on six points after having won the first two group matches. However, Netherlands lead the table because of a better goal difference compared to Chile. The Latin American team has to be Netherlands in order to finish top of the group, which will be of major significance when it comes to the last 16 opponent. Brazil are expected to top their group, which will put them against the runners up of group B. Currently, this position is occupied by Chile.
Sampaoli will be aware that facing Brazil in the last 16 stage puts his team at a major disadvantage. Hence, he has targeted a win against the Dutch, but it will not be easy against the brilliant attack featuring Arjen Robben.
“We normally do not train at the stadiums. We prefer to stay near our place, also to preserve the grass. The surface today is totally deteriorated. In a World Cup, (teams) shouldn’t be permitted to train at the stadium before the match. The pitch in the stadium is in a bad state, we don’t want to destroy it more. Tomorrow we will have a match in the stadium on a pitch that does not reach our expectations,” said the Chile manager.
Corinthians managed to continue their climb up the table after a 1-0 win over Cruzeiro on Wednesday. This was a very important victory given that their opposition were prior to the match. A defeat for even two dropped points would have put Corinthians at a serious disadvantage for the title. However, now they can hope towards maintaining their place near the top of the table. Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute to give Corinthians the victory. This was also the second consecutive victory for Corinthians, who have 16 points on the board of the nine matches.
As a result of this victory, Mano Menezes’ team now moved level on points with Fluminense and São Paulo. Internacional are not too far behind and are also on the same number of points. Since Corinthians did not have much injury problems apart from the absence of goalkeeper Cassio, Mano Menezes named a similar starting line-up apart from the goalkeeper change. Walter, who was named in the Corinthians goal, made some crucial saves in the first of to deny the opposition. Corinthians also had several opportunities to break the deadlock in the first half, but were guilty of some poor finishing.
In the second half, the goal proved very crucial, as Corinthians held on for three points. The defeat for Cruzeiro is vitally important not only for Corinthians but also for the entire Brazilian league, as they had already opened a three-point advantage after just nine matches. A victory for them in this match would have almost put them out of touching distance. The top of the Brazilian championship is proving to be an intriguing title race this season. Most of the top clubs are in with the chance to win the title at the end of the season.