the grand finale of Copa Sudamericanain between Sao Paulo and Independiente del Valle, takes place this Saturday, at 5 pm (Brasilia time), in Córdoba, Argentina. On the eve of the decision, defender Luis Segovia denied that there was more motivation on account of the Ecuadorians to face the Tricolor.
“Is the greatness of São Paulo an extra motivation? No, Independiente is called the ‘Giant Killer’ for a reason. A team from Ecuador that beat great rivals like River, Boca, Corinthiansin addition to a very important 5-0 against Flamengo, in Quito… São Paulo can motivate us a little more, but it’s a final, something you always want. We go all out,” he said.
Despite this, the 24-year-old recognized the greatness of Tricolor Paulista and praised coach Rogério Ceni. Segovia also analyzed the Brazilians’ style of play.
“It’s a team with a great history, with a great coach like Rogério Ceni, who we all know as a goalkeeper, with a lot of goals. I saw him a lot as a boy, and now as a coach. If you let them play, it will cause a lot of danger, we are prepared to put pressure on them from the first minute and not let them play”, analyzed the defender.
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South American champion with Del Valle in 2019, Luis Segovia also spoke about the feeling of reaching another decision in the competition in his career.
“These are hours of great joy. We know that this is a unique experience. In addition to being my second final, I live it in different ways, as with Richard and Pelle. [companheiros de equipe]. We have a very tough rival ahead of us, but seeing strengths and weaknesses, we can do damage and we think we can take the cup,” he said.
Finally, São Paulo is also looking for the second trophy of the tournament. Tricolor was champion for the first time in 2012, when they beat Tigre-AGR in a controversial final, which ended with only one time played, at Morumbi. Ten years later, the continental title is seen by many as a recognition of the worthy work of Rogério Ceni, as well as a savior of the club’s season.