Eduardo Hungaro: State championship campaign failed to honour Botafogo traditionsThe Copa Libertadores has been a happier stage for Eduardo Hungaro and his players this season -
Although the Alvinegro failed to qualify for the final phase of the Campeonato Carioca, the coach feels that the competition at least gave him an opportunity to observe the squad.
Botafogo’s involvement in this year’s state championship came to an end on Saturday.
A 1-1 draw with Nova Iguaçu left the Rio de Janeiro outfit a long way short of qualification for the next phase of a competition in which the team have consistently underperformed.
According to coach Eduardo Hungaro, the team’s performance in the competition failed to honour the club’s traditions.
“It was below what we expected. Nothing to do with the tradition of Botafogo. We have to take responsibility for this and be very serious in our evaluation,” he said.
“It was a championship to forget. It was something we didn’t want to happen. But we will take conclusions from this and they will stay with us.”
“At least it revealed some issues that we are going to solve internally. Now we basically have an x-ray of all the players because they have all been observed.”
This year Botafogo have fielded one team for the Campeonato Carioca and another for the Copa Libertadores, in which they are currently group leaders.
Their next game will take place on 2 April when they face Unión Española at the Maracanã.