Flamengo’s ‘early’ physical imposition symbolizes accurate planning with an eye on the Super Cup

Flamengo did not need to explore its full potential to defeat Bangu, this Wednesday, in a duel held at Estádio Raulino de Oliveira and valid for the 7th round of Carioca. The 3-0 victory was organic, with chances created in profusion, and marked by an “early” physical imposition, considering that yesterday’s match was only the first of the starting team of the season.

Until the debut, there were 22 training sessions at Ninho do Urubu, in a pre-season routine. Captains, Diego Alves and Ribas made a point of extolling the intensity – with and without the ball – of Flamengo, as well as Bruno Henrique.

The rival’s lower level aside, the impression left is that the planning of the coaching staff is accurate, aiming at the Super Cup of Brazil, on the 11th, against Palmeiras. The decision has a significant weight on the calendar, and the red-black team has made the high load over the past few weeks reflect on a respectable warning to rivals.

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– I think that the attitude that we had to leave the group that had more minutes in the last season 17 days resting may reverberate in the future with fruits to be harvested. We start a little lower, but find a higher point in the center of the year, when there are important games – Ceni said, adding:

– The pre-season was great, very high intensity. Today the way the team scored and stood on the field made the team take some risks, but recovered the ball fast and created countless goal situations. He scored three goals, but could have scored more.

2021: Ceni debuted at the edge of the field (Photo: Marcelo Cortes / Flamengo)

Against Bangu, Flamengo stood out in the balls stolen in the attack, above all by the individual fittings in the marking before the exit of the white ball. The number of passes exchanged also drew attention and stated that the team did not let the pace drop, despite the natural fatigue after the holidays: 549 passes were distributed, of which 521 were certain (the average of Rubro-Negro in Carioca is 465 according to the “Footstats” website).

And, before facing Palmeiras, there will be another game for Ceni to stimulate Flamengo’s gear. The debut was so satisfactory that it already served as a model for the coach to envision the sequence until the Super Cup:

– We will try to be competitive. Palmeiras is a great team, comes from two important titles last season. We have Madureira next Monday, we cannot forget, and we are getting ready to face the game of the 11th. It is an extremely important game, with the teams that won important tournaments in the year. Let’s hope we are having a good night like today.

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As mentioned by Rogério Ceni, Flamengo’s next game will be this Monday, against Madureira, at 9 pm, for the 8th round of Carioca – led in isolation by the red-black club, now with 16 points.

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