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2019

Atletico Mineiro

In


Igor Rabello (def) Botafogo; Réver (def) Flamengo; Guga (def) Ava;, Jair (mid) Sport Recife; Vinícius (mid) Bahia; Geuvânio (att) Flamengo; Papagaio (att) Palmeiras – on loan; Maicon Bolt (att) Antalyaspor, TUR

Out


Emerson (r)(def) Betis, SPA; Gabriel França (sp)(def) Botafogo – on loan; Yago Severin (sp)(mid) Sport – on loan; Matheus Galdezani (sp)(mid) Internacional, on loan from Coritiba; Tomas Andrade (sp)(mid) Athl. Paranaense; Edinho (sp)(att) Fortaleza – on loan; Denilson (sp)(att) Al-Faisaly, SAU

After having been on the top places of the table last year, Galo parked on the 6th position thanks to a stable second part of league campaign. In 2019, and after some very strong first weeks, Galo ended up losing three games in Libertadores which led to Levir Culpi being sacked. The club is currently searching for a replacement, and Galo will play Mineirão finals with arch-rivals managed by an interim. Having a new manager just some days before the start of the league season can’t possibly be a good thing. However, the squad seems significantly stronger, with only one important departure and some good signings. Promising full-back Emerson went to Spain; Guga arrived from Avaí to replace him. Rever and Igor Rabello arrived to strengthen an already very competent defensive line. Revelation in Sport, Jair has joined in to increase the options in midfield, while the flamboyant left-footed winger Geuvânio will challenge Luan and Chara for a place in the attack. The fact that Juan Cazares has finally been consistent in his performances in 2019 is encouraging. The biggest source of worries is the striker position, as the team continues very dependant on the 39-years old Ricardo Oliveira. The 19-years old Alerrandro is an obvious talent, but will he be ready to lead the attack during the multiple times Ricardo Oliveira will need to rest?

Target


Galo will definitely want to push for a better place than last season. A top-4 place is very affordable. A race for the title will so much depend on how quickly the new coach will start delivering.

Season Review
2018

№6: Atletico Mineiro

After an irregular, but at times exciting first half of the season, where Galo flirted with the top places of the table, Atlético Mineiro ended up settling for a 6th position right in the beginning of the second part of Brasileirão. Tiago Larghi created a solid group, based on a competent back four + goalkeeper, but there was definitely some deficit on the attacking part. Ricardo Oliveira did well, very well for a 38-years old. But after having scored 9 goals in the first 19 rounds, his physical aptitude understandably got weaker from round to round, and there weren’t many other sources of firepower to give Ricardo some rest. Galo had to accept that it was going to be hard to get anything better than a 6th place. In fact, after having craved a comfortable situation for a top-6 position, Atlético started a depressive phase staring mid-September and entering on November, where Galo had only one win in nine games. In the middle of this crisis of results, the board decided to change gaffers, sacking Thiago and bringing the more experienced Levir Culpi, much to the players’ insatisfaction, as they were said to be appreciate Larghi’s methods. Culpi’s start was very hard, having had three defeats in the first three games. Eventually, Mineiros were back on track having grabbed 12 out of the last 15 possible points, shooing away the competition for that important 6th place that gives access to Libertadores’ qualification round. Despite the large number of goals conceded (second worst of the top 11 teams), it was in defence where Atlético had their most solid units throughout the season. Goalkeeper Victor was always a rock, while the back-four was the team’s standout, specially the right-back Emerson and the centre-half Iago Maidana, who were already linked with top European sides. Yimmi Chara had a very decent debut season in Brazil, while Luan had a satisfying return after the serious injury of previous season.


Player of the Season: Iago Maidana

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