Seedorf's Diary: February 2014
The second month of the season we were put up against four different teams. These teams were Macaé
, who ply their trade in Serie C. Bangu
, who we played against earlier in pre-season. After that we were pitting out wits against city neighbours and big rivals Vasco da Gama
, before finishing off February with a short trip to Volta Redonda
How did we go? Let's find out.
Botafogo 2-0 Macaé
2.2.2014 | Rio State | Engenhão | Rio de Janeiro | Silvério, M | 8,061
R. Marques 85'
Gabriel Araújo (Macaé)
I rested a few players for this game, mainly to give some youngsters and fringe players a chance to stretch their legs. We never really got into first gear in this match but we got the win regardless, so that means three more points for us.
Bangu 0-1 Botafogo
9.2.2014 | Rio State | Moça Bonita | Rio de Janeiro | de Souza, P | 9.027
Paulo Vitor 4'
N. Lodeiro 69'
N. Lodeiro (Botafogo)
It was a sweltering hot day, and it really took it's toll. I also think as well as the hot summer heat we lacked drive and motivation and our lineup was a bit broken. I switched Lodeiro to the right and Cidinho to the left and that set up our winner, as the Uruguayan broke through from the right to smash a powerful effort home for the win.
Botafogo 4-2 Vasco da Gama
16.2.2014 | Rio State | Maracanã | Rio de Janeiro | Azevedo, Í | 29.274
C. Seedorf 9' 31'
N. Lodeiro 65'
M. Mattos 22'
Sandro Silva 64'
C. Seedorf (Botafogo)
By far the standout match of the month. Our team played excellently. We started excellently and then fought back excellently. The score sheet doesn't reflect our true domination of our city neighbours. We had twenty five shots to their measly six, and it paid off.
Volta Redonda 0-2 Botafogo
23.2.2014 | Rio State | R de Oliveira | Volta Redonda [RJ] | de Souza, P | 8,898
Zé Augusto 14'
N. Lodeiro 10'
Stanley (Volta Redonda)
A good way to finish off the month. Yet again Lodeiro proved what a special player he is for the club, several times he beat a number of players to create chances. I like his positive play on the wings and that is what is winning us games at the moment.
Player of the Month
The diminutive winger showed just how dangerous he was. Swapped from the left to the right midway through the month and showed how he can cut in and create and score chances. His dribbling is second to none and he may just well cement his place as the second Uruguayan after Loco Abreu to become a fan favourite.
Around The State
Goals, goals.. and more goals. Friburguense
were involved in a lot of goals - just at the wrong end. They suffered humiliating defeats to Vasco da Gama
9-0 and 10-0. This just showed the difference in class between the smaller and bigger fish in the state.
The win against Vasco helped our cause and we leapfrogged them into second. Yet again, our biggest enemies Fluminense are in first. They now have a huge goal different of +40 after big wins every week. The only way we can beat them is on points now, which is a big ask itself.