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Former Paris St-Germain and São Paulo star Raí predicts success soon at Morumbi


Retired São Paulo idol Raí predicts that his former club are on the road to success and believes that they are ready to conquer South America.

Raí, 47, who is the younger brother of deceased Brazil legend Sócrates, made a visit to the training ground of São Paulo on Tuesday to interview striker Lucas Moura, who will leave Morumbi at the end of the year to sign for another of Raí's former club's, Paris St-Germain.

And ahead of their decisive match against Universidad Católica, in the second leg of the Copa Sul-Americana semifinal, Raí told Globo Esporte he was optimistic of his former club's future.

He said: "I like to feel the atmosphere, see the players. Lucas has a great will to win.

"São Paulo is in a good situation. In recent games, the crowd got very excited. The qualification for the Libertadores calmed things, but created an expectation for the title. All this makes the environment even better. I'm quite believing."

Raí was captain of the São Paulo team that won the Copa Libertadores in 1992 and in 1993 and believes this current team is ready to win again, after four years without a trophy.

"This group is ready to conquer South America. This title will be a big step to give confidence in the Libertadores. They are mature players.

"São Paulo, unfortunately, had irregular times this year, but is growing at a decisive moment," he added.

São Paulo have the advantage of an away goal in the second leg tie against Universidad Católica on Wednesday and the winner will face on of Tigre, Argentina, or Millonarios, Colombia, in the final.


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