Grêmio coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo hopes Santa Maria disaster will inspire his team against LDU
Grêmio coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo hopes that the tragedy in Santa Maria over the weekend will motivate his team to beat LDU on Wednesday in memory of those who lost their lives.
Grêmio had tried to postpone the Copa Libertadores playoff game after the events in Santa Maria, where 230 people died in a fire at a nightclub, but the Ecuadorians refused.
“We need to get engaged with our sense of being Brazilian, our human sensibility,” the coach told SporTV.
“But we already committed to this important game. We cannot let it divert our attention from our problem, which is going through LDU.”
Luxemburgo has still to decide on his team but hopes that Cris and Ze Roberto will recover to play, although Dida is definitely out with a shoulder problem.
“The time to decide is on Wednesday. No sense talking now. We have until then to decide.”
The winner of the tie between Grêmio and LDU (who currently hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg) will secure a spot in Group 8 of the Libertadores and will face Fluminense, Caracas and Huachipato.