If the expectation was of a team still in a lower rotation, what was seen in yesterday’s victory (31) by 3 to 0 over Alvirrubro was a Rubro-negro who made intensity and movement his marks in Raulino de Oliveira. Before a cornered rival, Fla imposed a pace that left no doubt as to the players’ appetite.
Back at the helm of the team, Rogério Ceni sent to the field a highly mobile formation that used and abused the constant exchange of positions. Against a line of five defenders, the Fla’s front men moved around a lot and messed up the opponent’s defensive system.
“We needed it, it was an important game for our intensity. We created a lot of chances, but it’s just the beginning. We started well, but we have to improve,” said Arrascaeta, who scored a great goal in the match.
As it happened in the final stretch of last season, Filipe Luís fell a lot from the side to the middle, acting almost as an extra man in the construction. With no one to score, the defenders advanced the line to almost the middleman in Bangkok, which helped to accelerate the resumption of the ball even more.
“I was happy with the intensity, we created a lot of chances and recovered the ball very quickly. This from continuing to work, we left here with a very positive feeling, but knowing that we can and will improve”, pointed out Diego.
“For a debut [do grupo principal na temporada] it was very good, we played with a good intensity. Mental rest and 22 workouts helped a lot. We had doubts about what could be achieved, but the team managed 90% of the time to play on top of the opponent “, added Ceni.
In the next round, the leaders of the Guanabara Cup will face Madureira on Monday (5), at 9pm. The game should be at Maracanã, but there is still no confirmation due to the possibility of expanding health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After facing Tricolor, the team has an almost full week of training until the duel against Palmeiras, a confrontation valid for the Super Cup of Brazil. The idea of the coaching staff is that the team is closer to the peak after four or five games, but the performance in Sul Fluminense was already a message for the other opponents.
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