Ceni justifies the absence of São Paulo from Libertadores 2023

Interview by Ceni | Photo: reproduction

After beating Goiás in the last round, Rogério Ceni spoke about the absence of São Paulo from Libertadores 2023.

Rogério Ceni took stock of São Paulo’s season, which ended this Sunday with the 4-0 thrashing of Goiás, in the last round of the Brasileirão.

Despite the result, the team did not get a place in the Libertadores and ended the championship in ninth place. For the coach, the attempt to take the disputes of the South American and Copa do Brasil together with the Brazilian ended up influencing the result.

– It was not today that we failed to reach the top eight, it was throughout the season. We had many opportunities created, and in the choices we had to prioritize the cups. For many times, I always spoke and was contradictory, the cups are treacherous, the Brasileirão is difficult, look at the last teams. With the exception of the first, the difference is a goal conceded, a goal scored, that is the difference between being or not in Libertadores – he evaluated.

– What was missing many times, we had a lot of people out in the final stretch, this got in the way a lot. Two moments of the season that we had a lot of people out. In this final stretch, we stopped counting on a lot of people, we lost important points, one of those draws was missing for us at the end. With an exclusive dedication to the Brazilian, we would have reached the G6 – he completed.

Tricolor reached two finals in 2022, but ended up as runner-up in both: against Palmeiras, in Paulistão, and Independiente del Valle, for Sul-Americana.

Ceni has already warned that he will remain at the club next year, but is waiting for signings to give new characteristics to the squad for a season that he expects to be more complicated.

“It’s going to be a tougher year, no matter what you do. Grêmio, Vasco, Cruzeiro and Bahia went up, with investment and shirt team. It becomes a more competitive Brazilian and this fact makes anyone’s year more difficult – he scored.

– We should have some other outputs, it will depend on how assertive we are in the market. It doesn’t give the players we asked for by the competition, so we’re going to have to find alternative parts to compose the cast that give more chance of changing the game. It will be a more difficult year for everyone – he reinforced.

There are already certain departures of players at the end of their contract, such as Miranda and Reinaldo. Striker Eder, too, made a deal to leave the club. There are still no appointments forwarded.

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