Fortaleza returns to the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A this weekend when they face Athletico Paranaense at Arena Casteleao on Sunday.
With a draw against Goias on Thursday, Leao do Pici squandered an opportunity to cut the gap on top-flight survival, while El Paranaense remain unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and are presently in third place, three points behind league leaders Palmeiras.
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Fortaleza has gotten within striking distance of the clubs ahead of them in the top tier in recent weeks, trailing Avai by five points and a berth in the Brasileiro Serie A next season.
Three of Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s team’s last four league games have resulted in points, with their first win of the season coming last Sunday in a 2-1 triumph over Flamengo.
The Ceara club is making improvement, albeit they have squandered multiple chances to climb out of relegation, wasting eight points this year from winning situations.
After winning their first Brasileiro match, the next target would be to gain three points at home for the first time in this domestic season, after failing to score more than a single goal in league play at Castelao.
Vojvoda continues to put together formations that demonstrate his willingness to be aggressive while attempting to build consistent pressure, albeit his tactic has not been as as effective as it was a year ago, owing to some poor link-up play.
Brazilian football clubs from Curitiba’s small southern area have always struggled to compete with teams from Sao Paulo and Rio. Athletico, on the other hand, has remained around the top of the standings after ten games.
They’ve been thriving lately by playing a reactive style of football, losing first in both of their last two league games yet still winning four points.
Paranaense are content to sit back and stay behind the ball, patiently waiting for the ideal opportunity to counter, a tactic that helped them win the Copa Sudamericana last year and has served them well so far this season in the top division.
Fortaleza has made some progress, but not enough to suggest they’ll be able to upset Athletico Paranaense, who are in terrific form and have several weapons in midfield and the attacking third.