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Campeonato Gaúcho: Luxemburgo believes fans criticism will spur his Grêmio team on

Wagner Meier

Grêmio coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo believes the booing from sections of the crowd in the laboured 1-0 victory over Veranópolis on Sunday can spur his team on to success this season.

The victory came thanks to a headed goal by Werley from Zé Roberto’s corner but it was another poor performance from Luxemburgo’s team, who have yet to look convincing this season.

“It was great. The fans booed a little bit, harassed a little, that's part of a team’s formation,” the coach told reporters after the game.

“Let us qualify from the Libertadores and fight for titles this year.”

Despite the success of last year in finishing third in the table and getting back into the Libertadores there is pressure on the coach to succeed at Grêmio given the signings made this season and the hunger of the fans to taste success again.

“Just as I was today heckled by a small percentage of the crowd, this is the same place where I've had 50,000 people cheering lme ast year.

“They asked why I didn’t play Fernando against Huachipato, as if it were the most important thing. It was a tough team, very strong, as if those responsible were Adriano and Luxembourgo, without analysing the context of the game.

“Adriano had no error, the error was due to Souza then they put all the criticism to Luxembourgo and Adriano. I think Adriano will go through the same problem of Pará but that's football.

“Booing is legal, sometimes a little cowardly, but belongs to football. Football is sometimes a bit cowardly, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly. They already want to send me away, let's take it easy, I do not feel threatened.”

Grêmio now face an important fixture this week in the Libertadores against Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Fluminense won their opening group game away to Caracas 1-0.

Source: Globo Esporte


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