Classified with rounds in advance of the next phase, the Athletico reappeared at CT do Caju this Monday (12). With coach Osorio and all the athletes who were spared available, Furacão is working with an eye on three games in Curitiba.
The first duel will be against Operário on Thursday (15), at 7pm, at Ligga Arena, for the ninth round. Afterwards, Athletico plays the classic against Coritiba on Sunday (18), at 6:30 pm, at Couto Pereira. And they close the sequence against São Joseense on Sunday (25), at 4pm, again as home team. These will be the last three clashes of the first phase.
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Therefore, Hurricane must spend three weeks without traveling – a period that will be important for adjustments and recovery of athletes. This is because the quarterfinals only start on Sunday, March 3rd, with the first leg.
For the game against Operário, in addition to the rested starters, striker Cuello is also available after serving a suspension. Midfielder Bruno Zapelli, who left with thigh pain against Cascavel, also trained normally this Monday (12) and should be an option.
A likely Athletico has: Bento; Madson, Thiago Heleno and Mateo Gamarra; Fernandinho, Erick, Christian and Zapelli; Canobbio, Petterson and Mastriani.
Furacão is in the isolated lead of the State, with 20 points, and is trying to secure its position in this final stretch to play the second knockout matches at the Ligga Arena. Rubro-Negro is undefeated with six wins and two draws.
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