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Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson happy with improved defensive displays this season

Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson believes the signing of Bolivar and the return to fitness of Marcelo Mattos have been key in their improved defensive performances so far this season.

Jefferson, 30, has conceded just one goal in three games so far this season and is delighted with the team’s performances, especially in the 1-1 draw with Fluminense at the weekend, a game which the keeper believes they should have won.

“The defence is good, especially with the arrival of Bolivar, an experienced guy, a leader, and the return of Marcelo Mattos also," he told Lancnet!

“We are not conceding goals and we will sort things out up front, because we have quality players.

“The only result we did not expect was the draw with Bangu. In the next three games we have to win. Against Fluminense, we deserved, we tried from start to finish, but it was a classico.”

Jefferson also believes that there is a new feeling in the team, one that will no longer settle for second best.

“Before, if we were playing against Corinthians, for example, we thought the draw was a good result. Today is different. Against Fluminense, we were upset.

“It must be so, we want to play the Libertadores. We cannot play the championships as we did before. It is not normal.”

Source: Lancenet!


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