Flamengo had a great performance in the 5-1 defeat of Madureira, this Monday, in Volta Redonda, and deserved the praise of coach Rogério Ceni after the match. For him, the team evolved with more intensity, creating chances and scored goals.
The goals were scored by Gabigol, twice, Gerson, Arrascaeta and Diego. With the result, the team reached 19 points and resumed the leadership of the Guanabara Cup.
– Difficult to analyze due to the difference in the level of competition. It was better than the last game, more intense, with more chances and more goals. What I see is a significant increase in the physical part. It was 14 days of work that served to invigorate. All focused on the pursuit of victory. Team had the best posture we could hope for – said the coach.
Rogério Ceni at Flamengo’s match against Madureira – Photo: Alexandre Vidal / Flamengo
Flamengo will return to the field on Sunday, the 11th, for the Supercopa do Brasil, against Palmeiras. The match will be in Brasilia, at 11 am, and will have transmission from Globo, SporTV and ge. The next duel for Carioca is against Vasco, on the 14th.
Other excerpts from Ceni’s interview:
Gabigol and Flamengo strikers
– He reaches an important mark (Flamengo’s top scorer in the 21st century). He has an expressive number of goals, he can dream of the Brazilian team. It is not a reference 9, but it comes out a lot. You have to dream, especially with your age and potential. Just like Pedro was last year. Muniz is also growing.
Is it still possible to improve?
– A team always has something to improve, to correct. We took a set-piece goal, which is unusual. Although we faced a tall team. We have adjustments. The tendency is to become stronger as the games go on. It is a group that plays together, with some changes.
– Last season Palmeiras won two important titles, Libertadores and Copa do Brasil. Flamengo won the Brazilian. Now we are going for a new season. Palmeiras are strong, we have respect. We have already faced Palmeiras in Brasília, and now we have another one. What happened last season is over, now we have to write again.
Did Aaron’s success contribute to Nathan’s departure?
– Natan plays for the left side, I liked him and I see potential. But it was a need for the club to welcome commitments. My wish and direction was for it to stay, but it was a necessity. The football moment is difficult.
Vitinho on the right side
– I need to do tests to make the team as offensive as possible when the score is not in our favor. Against Inter, we removed Isla and put Everton Ribeiro in that role. We have to try. Filipe Luís made almost the third defender for Vitinho and Bruno Henrique to have depth, with Gabriel and Muniz centered. Everything is a test for a game option. Of course, Vitinho is not an expert in the position.
– I know Palmeiras well. I do not know exactly the team that goes to the field, until Paulista is stopped. But we have a good sense of how it plays. Just like Palmeiras knows Flamengo. We will have the chance to accompany them in the middle of the week through Recopa.
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