Deportivo Lara vs Corinthians, Thursday’s match for the 2nd round of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
Recent Deportivo Lara matches do not allow their supporters to have much hope in a reaction. The team left the field defeated in eight of the ten most recent matches they played. That’s why they had an even greater amount of time for preparation for Thursday’s meeting.
They had the week off for training since they were not involved in the playoffs that will indicate the champion of the Opening Tournament of the Futve League, the first round of the Venezuelan Championship.
With only 24 points, Deportivo Lara was in a modest fourteenth place among the 20 participants of the elite division of Venezuelan football.
As home-team they were slightly better. They were in the twelfth position in the ranking of the home-teams of the Futve League.
Corinthians did not have the privilege of long preparation time. They needed to enter the field on Sunday, May 26, to face São Paulo in the classic for the sixth round of the Brazilian Serie A Championship. But they gained even more confidence by resuming playing their safety football.
They won 1-0 without taking big risks. Goalkeeper Cássio made just one defense throughout the match. It was their third straight win – including Corinthians’ first leg against Deportivo Lara – which did not have their defense beaten in that sequence.
When reaching the level of 11 points, the club took third place in the Brasileirão. Reduced the difference compared to Atlético-MG, vice-leader, to one point. The disadvantage in comparison with the Palmeiras, first placed, follows in just five points.
For the second game, coach Fábio Carille did not anticipate the formation nor the possibility of using a mixed team, as he did in the game in São Paulo.
By taking a step back and re-using their safety scheme, Corinthians gains time to adapt the many new players and makes the prognostic for their success against the limited Deportivo Lara, even in the opponent’s field, the best option for the meeting of Thursday for the second round of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.