Andre Rocha - Flamengo's show in Argentina will be historic only with the title

Andre Rocha – Flamengo’s show in Argentina will be historic only with the title

Uruguay coach Alexandre Medina’s cowardice was useless when he demanded that the pitch at Jose El Mavitani’s Estadio facade in the first leg of the Libertadores semi-finals.

Especially since Flamengo are used to facing the Maracana pitch, which is decimated by the matches of the team itself, Fluminense and eventually even Vasco, not to mention other stadiums in Brazil. Including Nilton Santos, against Botafogo last Sunday.

Velez Sarsfield needed to attack and push the goal. Dorival Júnior responded by rotating the ball – at times sustained, with sides Rodinei and Filipe Luís closer to the defenders, sometimes with Thiago Maia reversing to help David Luiz and Léo Pereira create a numerical advantage against Lucas Pratto and Walter Bou.

Overcoming the advanced lines, it was just a matter of finding Everton Ribeiro or Arrascaeta in the midfield, or supporting Joao Gomez increasingly better, in addition to health and accuracy in the interventions, and making the ball reach Gabigol and mainly Pedro.

The absolute top scorer in the Libertadores is a separate paragraph from the 4-0 score that has put Flamengo in the third Copa Libertadores final in the past four years. Powerful, fast, technical and accurate. Three goals and 11 goals in the competition. More involvement in Everton Ribeiro, the second at the end of the first half that silenced the pitch and practically made the Argentines throw in the towel. Still a great pass for Felipe Lewis to fear freedom in the area and kick his weak ankle into the hands of goalkeeper Hoyos.

Absolute control with 58% possession and 15 shots. Ten on goal, four on the net. Gabigol could have scored one of the three goals he lost and repeated Flamengo 5-0 in the semi-finals, as he did in 2019 against Grêmio. Only this time on Argentine soil.

A victory to solidify Dorival Jr.’s work and evident evolution since “Discovering” 4-3-1-2 at 7-1 on Tolima. The team was mature, technical and efficient.

But the remarkable victory will be historic only if the club’s third title, against Palmeiras or Atletico, is confirmed on October 29, in Guayaquil.

Because in 2021 there was also an undefeated campaign until the decision, with 100% success in the knockout stage. There was also a superb goal in the semi-final, against Barcelona in Guayaquil, as Bruno Henrique completed a series of passes from goalkeeper Diego Alves across the ten players. Renato Gaucho was the coach with the most victories in the history of the continental championship.

As well as the nepotism that everyone ascribes, even with Palmeiras holding the title and being the opponent in the decision in Montevideo. It all fell apart in Andreas Pereira’s hideous failure that Deverson never forgiven. Does any red or black fondly remember the first Libertadores in which Flamengo reached the final and lost to their biggest national rival in recent years?

That is why it is necessary to certify the wonderful moment in the Cup. Or the cups, as the position in the Brazil Cup final is also very close. Untitled, what remains is the hero meme. In the case of the flamingo, the “smell” talk is back.

Without the cup, the show in Buenos Aires would be just a “flash in the pan”, an “illusion” that ended in disappointment. Vélez will be reduced to timeco and Flamengo will be condemned by “yayyyyyy”. The winners tell the story. In war as well as in football.

This achievement will mark a generation in history that will undoubtedly change the level of the club on the South American stage. Now feared, though sometimes disrespectful, as did “Cacique” Medina when he noted in an interview that it was an “accident” in 2019 to beat River Plate in Lima.

Only prizes end arguments. Sometimes they turn ordinary professionals, or only promising ones, into teachers, geniuses. This time they can dedicate a team that imposes itself in any stadium and builds an unexpected path to recovery in the season, after the disaster of Paulo Sousa.

Dorival Júnior advantages, mainly. But the coach and the club need the nicknames to remove the asterisks. There are two finals on the horizon and ‘Mission Impossible’ in play points. It’s time to not let history slip through your fingers.

(Stats: SofaScore)

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