Flamengo and Botafogo compete for the Guanabara Cup

Flamengo and Botafogo compete for the Guanabara Cup


Rádio Nacional broadcasts the classic from 9:30 pm this Wednesday

Trying to get closer to the leader Fluminense, Flamengo and Botafogo will compete in the classic valid for the 7th round of the Guanabara Cup of the Carioca Championship, starting at 9:30 pm (Brasília time) this Wednesday (7) at the Maracanã stadium. Rádio Nacional broadcasts the confrontation live.

Occupying second place in the competition with 11 points, three behind Tricolor das Laranjeiras, Alvinegro de General Severiano is expecting to have striker Luiz Henrique, revealed by Fluminense and who was at Betis (Spain). In a press conference held last Tuesday (6), the 23-year-old player made it clear that he is ready to take the field: “If he plays, it will be a good debut, as it is my daughter’s first birthday. I will help Botafogo to win […]. I will do everything to help. Debuting against Flamengo will be very good.”

After drawing with Portuguesa and Nova Iguaçu in the last two rounds, a victory in the classic with Flamengo would be very important for Botafogo, who have been living with boos from their own fans. For the match with Rubro-Negro, coach Tiago Nunes will have to deal with the absence of two important players, goalkeeper John and striker Jeffinho, both recovering from injuries.

Flamengo arrives at the classic occupying 6th place with nine points, but having played one game less. In their last match in the competition, Rubro-Negro drew goalless with Vasco in a classic that was marked by the penalty missed by striker Gabriel Barbosa, who is currently looking for a place in the starting team.

If coach Tite gives signs that he remains open to experimenting in attacking command, in the midfield sector he gives more and more signs that Uruguayan De La Cruz has earned his place alongside his compatriot Arrascaeta, Chilean Erick Pulgar and Gerson. “There is a saying that the ball talks and the field talks. I think so. Not just a creative freedom for both [Arrascaeta e De La Cruz], with Gerson and Erick. This quartet has impressive passing quality. Immediacy is not the key, this process is evolutionary”, said the coach in an interview after the game with Vasco.

To measure strength with General Severiano’s team, Flamengo must count on an important return, that of full-back Ayrton Lucas, who did not face Vasco due to gastroenteritis moments before the classic with Vasco.

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