A Flamengo remodeled from top to toe to avoid a repeat movie against a rival who already caused injury in 2018.
With six points from Palmeiras, the Dorival Junior team has almost no right to the mistake of continuing to dream about the title Brasileirão: Saturday, 19 o'clock (Brasilia), at Nilton Santos, the opponent will be Botafogo, in the Carioca Championship.
So that the person responsible for the first frustration of the year is not the last one, another completely Flamengo will enter the 33rd round field. If the 1-0 defeat with Luiz Fernando's goal was crucial to the change of command, with the resignations of Paulo César Carpegiani and Rodrigo Caetano, the team resumed over time.
Fla. Stumbled in shortcomings in season:
- 0 x 1 Botafogo – Maracanã – Carioca
- 0 x 1 Cruise ship – Maracanã – Libertadores
- 0 x 0 Corinthians – Maracanã – Brazil Cup
- 1 x 2 Corinthians – Arena – Brazil Cup
- 0 x 1 Sao Paulo – Maracanã – Brasileirão
- 1 x 1 Palmer – Maracanã – Brasileirão
- 2 x 2 Sao Paulo – Morumbi – Brasileirão
First, it's worth remembering that the coach has no longer replaced Carpegiani: Dorival Junior inherited Maurício Barbieri's place for six games and has still not been lost. Invincibility with a lineup that will be repeated for the sixth time and has only four leftovers of the 28th loss.
Best moments: Flamengo 0 x 1 Botafogo at the semifinals of the Carioca Championship
In short, only Réver and Lucas Paquetá remained untouched during this period. Holders in classical Saturday, Pará and Willian Aaron recovered the position after long passes by Rodinei and Diego's spare bench.
The tendency is that Flamengo enters the field at Nilton Santos with César, Pará, Léo Duarte, Réver and Renê; Cuellar and William Aaron; Everton Ribeiro, Lucas Paquetá and Vitinho; Uribe. Just over seven months ago, Diego Alves, Pará, Rhodolfo, Réver and Everton; Jonas, Willian Aaron, Diego and Lucas Paquetá; Vinícius Júnior and Henrique Dourado.
Carpegiani and Rodrigo Caetano were fired after the loss of Botafogo – Photo: Gilvan de Souza / Flamengo
Everton, Jonas and Vinícius Jr. is not even in the club. Vitinho and Fernando Uribe arrived. And Flamengo tries to forget about the past by survival in the Palmeiras and International dispute by the champion's trophy:
"It's a complicated situation, but we can not look at the points we've already lost." In six rounds, everything can happen, the business is continuing to do our part.
The word's word has nothing to do with elimination in Carioca, but the frustration of crucial times combines this defeat against Botafogo with the current reality. The dragon against Palmeiras and São Paulo increases the list of refusal that is counted on the goal of Luiz Fernando followed by provocation of "odor".
Dorival star lineup: very different from Carpegini's team in the semi-final Carioca – Photo: GloboEsporte.com
Add to the eliminations in Libertadores and the Brazilian Cup for Cruzeiro and Corinthians, respectively defeat to São Paulo with Maracanã crowded in the Cup Round. There we have a list of games where Flamengo could not fall in 2018 and hesitated. Everyone started with the classic Botafogo.
Saturday at 19.00 (from Brasilia), at Nilton Santos, the reunion once again has contours of decision. It will be the fifth meeting between the clubs during the season: Rubro Negro won another two in Carioca and in the first round, while Glorioso took the best in the most important.
Flamengo, third placed, with 60 points, has no choice but to win in the wake of Inter (61) and Palmeiras (66). Botafogo plays for relief in the fight against closure. Who will refuse this time?