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.
The old adage holds true as it always has. Santos dominated the entire game against Corinthians, creating and wasting enough chances to send Mano Menezes’ men back home with their tails between their legs. Then, just before the end, the football gods doled out their punishment for this profligacy as Gil rose highest to head the ball past Aranha to give the visitors the 1x0 win. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory has never had such a bitter taste.
First it was 11 v 11, then a 10 v 11 advantage, then back to equality at 10 v 10. At all three points the problem was the same: Santos couldn’t get the ball into the net. Numerous primary and secondary chances came before being swept away by the ineptitude of Santos’ attack. The quality and quantity of Internacional’s chances was lower, but they made the most of what they had. Just after going down to 10 men, the home side took their chance, and that was enough to secure three points. Thus Santos’ chance to enter the top four last weekend went up in smoke, and they held the lighter that started the fire.