São Paulo coach Ney Franco reveals Willian José will start in the second-leg of the Copa Sul-Americana final
São Paulo coach Ney Franco has confirmed that Willian José, whose loan at the club will not be renewed and will join Santos in January, will start the second leg of the Copa Sul-Americana final in the place of the suspended Luis Fabiano.
Willian José, 21, has spent the last two seasons at Morumbi but has not enjoyed the greatest relationship with the clubs fans, despite being the clubs top scorer in this years Paulista championship.
Franco had toyed with the idea of using midfielder Cícero as a ‘false-nine’ but admitted that he did not want to change the team shape in such an important match.
He told Globo Esporte: “I did not want to change the way the team plays, we used the same system in the Copa Sul-Americana all the way.
“I will use Willian , who is very confident and prepared. He wants to play and the fans will support him. Regardless of the name, all represent São Paulo in this grand final.”
The coach also said that he will resist the temptation to start with Ganso in the match, again not to disrupt the team’s balance, but also because the former Santos star is not 100% fit.
“He is not ready, and I did not want to change the style of play that led us to the final and a place in the Libertadores.
“Could put Ganso in place of Jadson, but understand that at this time physically Jadson is better, and also giving technical quality.”