Fluminense and Ceará drew 2-2 this Saturday, at Maracanã, at the opening of the 17th round of the Brazilian Championship. Tricolor took the lead, suffered the turn and looked for equality on the scoreboard in the game. At a press conference after the match, coach Odair Hellmann regretted Yago’s injury at the start of the game and blamed the heavy streak of games.
– Injuries always happen in football, but when you have a requirement like what is happening now, players are much more likely to injure themselves. It does not mean that injuries cannot happen when you have a space of time, because athletes go to the physical limit. (…) Yago was already well adapted to movements with and without the ball. It was an already natural movement that was happening and that strengthened the midfield. With his loss, André entered well, very well. But of course, if Yago stayed in the game, we might not have lost that control of possession after 20 minutes and maybe we would have maintained this possession, despite the good input from André, who has a different characteristic – said Odair .
Regarding the game, Odair acknowledged that his team had a technically poor performance, but praised the players’ determination to seek a draw amid the wear and tear of the week.
– We managed to print our game until the 20 minutes of the first half and then Ceará managed to grow, managed to create danger without many clear situations and had more possession of the ball. We were not able to have control through possession and this made the opponent grow in the match and then the set-piece goal came out. In the second half, I made the modifications and also the system so that we could regain control of the game through possession and pass. It ended up not happening, the 2 to 1 comes out and then you have to expose yourself in such a way to seek at least the tie and then seek the turn. (…) Today we were unable to make a good game technically, but fortunately, we managed, through a lot of strength, will and perspiration to seek a draw – concluded the Fluminense coach.
After the games marathon, Tricolor will have a week to recover and train its players. Odair Hellmann’s team will be back on the pitch next Sunday, against Santos, at 16h, at Maracanã, for the Brazilian Championship.