Corinthians look to resolve their crisis this Tuesday against Ecuadorian leaders Independiente del Valle on day three of Copa Libertadores Group E as they search for a coach following the controversial resignation of ‘Cuce’ over an old sexual abuse case.

The São Paulo side, second in the group with the same three points as Independiente and three behind leaders Argentinos Juniors, are watching the market against the clock after a turbulent and disappointing start to the season.

The management had no patience for the young Fernando Lázar, whom they dropped at the end of April, and they angered their fans by announcing the hiring of Alexi Stival ‘Cuce’.

Immediately after the announcement of the signing of the experienced coach, Corinth fans, very sensitive to social problems in the country, recalled the case of sexual abuse that the Brazilian coach faced in the past, while he was a Gremio player.

In the late 1980s, he and three of his colleagues were detained for a month in Switzerland on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl.

After paying bail, they were temporarily released and returned to Brazil. Cuca, who always denied his involvement, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, although he never served the sentence, which had already expired.

The pressure was immense and Cuca was forced to resign after only a week as head of the São Paulo team.

The team leaders temporarily appointed Danilo, who started the wrong way after last Saturday’s defeat in the classic against Palmeiras (2-1) for the Brazilian championship.

However, it is expected that his stay on the bench will be temporary, because, according to the “ge” portal, Corinthians is already negotiating with the former Brazilian coach and former coach of Real Madrid, Vanderlei Luxemburg.

Independiente del Valle, champions of the Copa Sudamericana 2022, are coming off a home defeat against Argentinos Juniors (1-0) and a win over Uruguay’s Liverpool (2-0).

They now face their commitment in Sao Paulo comfortably leading the Ecuadorian Championship, two points ahead of their immediate rivals, Aucas, after beating Emelec 2-3 on Friday.

The black and blue team is led by the talented midfielder Júnior Sornoza, an old acquaintance of Brazilian football after his time in Fluminense and Corinthians, with whom he hopes to meet again this Tuesday. (D)