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Flamengo finds a rival after a defeat that changed the course of the team in 2022; check the transformations | Flamengo

Now finalists in the Copa Brasil and Libertadores, Flamengo de Dorival Junior are having fun with a particular second of the season regardless of dropping to Fluminense final Sunday. Next Wednesday for Brasileiro, the team faces Fortaleza, a rival who shook the Niño do Urubú constructions with a 2-1 win at the Maracana in the first spherical.

The failure for Ceara on June 5 sparked a radical change at the membership, which started in search of a alternative for Paulo Sousa the following day.

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Yes, the Portuguese will nonetheless lead the team towards Bragantino subsequent Thursday – one other defeat -, however he knew that his resignation was solely a matter of time and was virtually sealed. 2-1 to Fortaleza in entrance of 63,975 individuals got here in a sport that ended a run of 5 consecutive dwelling video games. The board noticed in the succession a probability for Paulo Sousa to lastly give a solution and justify her continuity, however it didn’t occur.

After the poor efficiency in the defeat to Fortaleza, Flamengo journey to Atibaia, the place they are going to put together for the match towards Bragantino, already eager about the new coach. Paulo Sousa’s three days in the metropolis of São Paulo had been one of awkward ambiance and only a few phrases. In the match at Bragança Paulista – 1 to 0 for the dwelling team – Paulo and the team did not actually talk a lot.

In three months, the degree of soccer has improved a lot, the spine of the team, the tactical scheme and the ambiance between gamers and training employees have additionally been considerably changed. Remember the transformations.

Flamengo gamers mourn after Fortaleza’s stoppage time purpose — Photo: André Durão

Start of the collection at dwelling: even the rubber rating doesn’t convey peace to Flamengo

Before the begin of the first of 5 dwelling video games, Flamengo had been in sixteenth place, caught in the relegation zone, with six factors. On May 17, the followers gave the largest proof of their mistrust of the team and the tickets weren’t bought out for the match with Universidad Católica, a uncommon state of affairs of the 2019 season. The paying viewers is 40,007, and the climate was not cool in any respect. Marcos Braz, Rodolfo Landim and Paulo Sousa had been booed and cursed earlier than the ball received rolling.

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Hugo, who failed three days earlier in a transfer that drew Ceará 2-2 in stoppage time, was booed in the warm-up and through the match. Every time the ball was touched, the goalkeeper was pressed.

Paulo Sousa vs. Diego Alves

Despite the deteriorating ambiance, Flamengo, even with out enjoying good soccer, managed to win 3-0 and go high of Group H with a spherical to spare. Hugo, by the method, was hugged by the complete team in the middle of the pitch after being whistled in the ninetieth minute. Has the disaster stopped? None of that. Another goalkeeper would give one thing to speak about.

Not recognized to have a shut relationship with the group, Paulo Sousa reignited the concern after revealing in a post-match press convention that Diego Alves had requested to play, even with out being in perfect circumstances. Paulo, even in the face of a resounding victory, aired the disagreements he and his fee had with Diego and broke the very transient calm that had been taking form.

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Paulo Sousa experiences tense moments at Flamengo — Photo: Pedro Martins / Foto FC

Flamengo additionally received the subsequent three matches towards Universidad Católica, however at all times in quick positions. In the first, 1 to 0 over Goyas with a good efficiency in the opening stage and a very poor second half. In stoppage time, Apodi missed a beautiful probability to tie the sport and the team left the Maracana to boos and curses from greater than 51,000 paying gamers.

Apodi misses a nice probability in the remaining minutes of Flamengo and Goyas

Then, already categorized as the chief of his group in the Libertadores, he had a very poor efficiency towards the restricted and eradicated Sporting Cristal. He received 2-1 once more with boos and once more with out a full Maracana (34,840 spectators). Hugo went down at the finish of the match and the crowd rose to their ft.

In the fourth sport of the collection at dwelling, Flamengo confronted an opponent that was panting after dropping its fourth state championship: Fluminense. The Tricolors defended a five-match unbeaten streak in the basic, beating the opposition most of the time at all times enjoying for the ball. However, this sport was totally different. He devoured the crimson and blacks and did not win the sport solely as a result of Hugo Souza lived as much as the Maracana-inspired lateness.

Flamengo received as soon as extra (2-1), with targets from Gabigol and Andreas, however did not persuade.

Defeat in a packed Maracana sealed Paulo Sousa’s destiny

Flamengo entered the discipline with Hugo, Mateusinho, Rodrigo Caillot, Pablo and Ayrton Lucas; Willian Arao, Joao Gomez, Everton Ribeiro and Andreas Pereira; Bruno Enrique and Pedro. Quite totally different from now, is not it? Arasqueta was with the nationwide team of Uruguay and Gabigol was suspended. The absence of the two fundamental gamers didn’t discourage the viewers. There had been 59,294 funds and 63,975 presents. In entrance of the competitors lantern, who had two factors and no win in eight video games, nobody was pondering of underdogs.

Despite all the help, Flamengo largely dominated the first half. Fortaleza opened the scoring with Robson and will have gone into the break with a huge benefit, however Everton’s Ribeiro equalized in the forty ninth minute. The second half got here, and the red-blacks continued to play poorly and even missed a penalty with Pedro. In the finish, Hercules secured the victory for Leo and buried the work of Paulo Sousa.

Flamengo’s Pedro misses a penalty towards Fortaleza – Photo: Andre Durao

From the Monday after the defeat onwards, the names of Cook and Dorival Junior had been mentioned by the soccer division. In the fourth, Flamengo misplaced to Bragantino. Paulo Sousa fell on Thursday. On Friday, Dorival was introduced.

Squad adjustments: Pedro, convictions and accidents give Flamengo a new face

There are a lot of adjustments to the team that each crimson and black fan has pictured in their heads. Rodrigo Caillot and Bruno Enrique had been injured and by no means returned. In the center Andreas and Willian Arao left the membership and Thiago Maia signed with Dorival.

During the five-match dwelling run, Santos and Filipe Luis had been unavailable as a result of accidents. Filipe even got here on in the second half of the defeats to Fortaleza and Bragantino. After absolutely recovering, the two grew to become starters and key figures in Flamengo’s development.

Mateusinho and Pablo misplaced their place in the beginning line-up, whereas Rodiney and Leo Pereira skilled a nice section. David Luiz, who stuffed the void left by Rodrigo Caillot in central defence, started his greatest second at Flamengo and the team soared into the knockout races.

Not to say the effectiveness of Pedro, who remoted himself in the Libertadores’ artillery, scoring 15 targets and offering seven assists since the coach’s arrival, turning into the nice image of the transformation Dorival Junior has fostered at Flamengo.

Dorival Júnior is doing effectively in worldwide competitions for Flamengo and Ceará — Photo: Gilvan de Souza/Flamengo

In the post-Dorival interval, Flamengo additionally strengthened the team very effectively. Chile’s Vidal grew to become a twelfth man of kinds and helped a lot along with his excessive go accuracy fee. Everton’s Cebolinja, the team’s largest funding this season, has not yielded the identical return to this point. Midfielder Eric Pulgar and Uruguayan right-back Varela have accomplished the squad of new faces since the final window.

If in the Brazilian the team sees the risk of a ninth championship very far after stumbling in succession, the relegation zone was by no means once more a difficulty at Gavea. The team was in 14th place earlier than the debut of Dorival Júnior, and in the present day they’re in fourth place, in a snug scenario in the group of those that qualify for the Libertadores.

Despite being sorely missed as a result of the FIFA date and expulsions – 10 casualties in complete – Flamengo, who journey to Castellao subsequent Wednesday, arrive with a totally different face, spirit and ambitions to face Fortaleza.

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