Hail Lord Robinho
Two away wins in the space of four days. Two. Away. Wins. What is this sorcery?
The second of these came against Flamengo on the same site as the first, the Maracanã. Another repeated characteristic was the main protagonist. Once again, it was Robinho was made the headlines after putting away the winning goal. However, his involvement was merely putting the cake in the oven. Geuvanio did all the gathering of the ingredients and mixing. He’s been showing some of the form he had in the Campeonato Paulista ever since Enderson Moreira began to give him a chance in recent weeks. Maybe that dazzling at the start of the year did have some substance.
I was only half watching, but from what I saw, the rest of the game didn’t go very well. Flamengo were easily finding space, especially down the wings, and the black hole of creativity and organization created when a midfield trio of Alison, Alan Santos, and Arouca came together meant Santos invited pressure for most of the game.
But hey, an away win! Next up is Bahia on Thursday at the Vila. Until then, até logo.
A couple of weeks ago I said I was back, and then blog continued to be dark. Sorry about that. Life got in the way. Starting this weekend I plan to start posting at least snapshot reviews. Here’s a quick recap of the club has been doing:
1) Got a new coach in Enderson Moreira. No comment.
2) Gabriel signed a new contract until 2019 with a 50 million Euro buyout clause.
3) Won four games, drew one, and lost one.
4) One of these wins was two days ago against Botafogo. Robinho scored a brace which brought his goal tally for Santos up to 100.
Short and sweet. Tomorrow brings a trip to the Maracana to face Flamengo. Vamos.
My hiatus turned out to be relatively short. Posts will be up again every week following this weekend - or maybe earlier, depends. With this being the halfway point of the league season, it seemed like a natural point to restart - the other possibility would have been next year.
My time away made me realize why I went for a stroll, metaphorically speaking. It was my established format for posts that grew stale, not following the team itself - though that hasn’t been that great either. With that being said, I’m going to roll through some ideas to freshen things up. Hopefully some good ones emerge.
Finally, a shout-out to matieosshack for reminding me that people actually follow this blog back when I announced the hiatus. Obrigado, cara.
The blog is on a break. I’ve been doing this consistently in one form or the other since Santos won the Libertadores back in 2011. It used to be fun. Now it feels more like an obligation. That’s why I’m stepping away for a while.
Don’t worry, I’ll be back. (Assuming that anyone actually reads this blog, which is extremely unlikely.)
Santos made heavy work of getting past Londrina in the Copa do Brasil, but eventually progression was secured through one man: Robinho. He and Arouca were the only players to rise above average, but it was the former idol who made a tangible mark on the game. It was his sharp finish that gave Santos the lead in the second half, and then he set up Rildo to strengthen Santos’ position late in the game. Londrina couldn’t come up with the goal to tie the score on aggregate, so Santos went through to the quarterfinal stage.