Fluminense Coach Muricy Ramalho Grateful For Break After 'Marathon' League Schedule

Ramalho is pleased to have a break from the hectic schedule all the Serie A teams have endured recently...
Fluminense trainer Muricy Ramalho admitted that he was relieved to finally have a midweek break in the Brasileirao, after months of playing two games a week had taken its toll on the 'Tricolor' squad.

In order to make up the time lost after stopping for the World Cup, Brazil's top league has been passing at lightning speed due to the crammed fixture schedule. For the past two months every team has played a weekend fixture and a match in the week, meaning that 14 rounds have come and gone in the Brasileirao since August 21.

One of the most critical of the non-stop schedule after seeing many of his players succumb to injuries, Ramalho confessed to Globoesporte that he was overjoyed to keep 'Flu' in training for an entire week, with no distractions as his team prepares a final tilt at the title.

"This week is very important, not just for me but for every team. The players have been through an incredible marathon," Ramalho asserted on Monday afternoon, as he attempts to lift his team following a 1-0 reverse at the hands of title rivals Cruzeiro.

"It is not easy, there are extremely high temperatures and long journeys to contend with...without a doubt these days will be crucial to get some work done. Our football will also see the difference. I see a great final stretch in the season and Fluminense fighting the title to the end."

Not all Brazilian teams will enjoy a tranquil seven days though. The country's Copa Sudamericana contingent all have last 16 ties in the week, with Atletico Mineiro facing Colombian leaders Santa Fe, Goias hosting Uruguay's Penarol, Avai making a long trip up to Ecuador to take on Emelec and Palmeiras travelling to Bolivia and Universitario de Sucre.

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