Flamengo faces Volta Redonda for the Carioca Championship

Flamengo faces Volta Redonda for the Carioca Championship

Carioca Championship

Rubro-Negro plays with the intention of taking second place in the classification

Flamengo enters the field this Carnival Saturday (10) to face Volta Redonda in a delayed match of the 3rd round of the Guanabara Cup of the Carioca Championship. Rubro-Negro plays on the Maracanã stadium lawn, starting at 4pm (Brasília time), with the intention of taking second place in the standings.

If they win the match, which will be broadcast on Rádio Nacional, the Gávea team will reach 15 points, surpassing Nova Iguaçu, who have 14 points, and remaining two behind the leader Fluminense.

To try to add the three points, coach Tite will be able to count on the debut of Uruguayan full-back Viña, who has just been signed from Roma. However, the tendency is for Ayrton Lucas to start at left-back. With that, Tite must send the following formation to the field: Rossi; Varela, Léo Pereira, Fabrício Bruno and Ayrton Lucas; Pulgar, Arrascaeta, De la Cruz and Gerson; Pedro and Everton Cebolinha.

For the confrontation with Volta Redonda, the biggest doubt is the use of Pedro or Gabriel Barbosa in command of the attack. After the 1-0 victory over Botafogo, achieved thanks to defender Léo Pereira’s eye for goal, coach Tite commented on the moment of striker Pedro, who has been questioned for his lack of goals.

“The fans were supportive. She was even a little impatient for the result. We have to understand the fans’ reaction. Sometimes I would touch a ball sideways and it [torcida] complained. She complained here behind the bench. But you can’t lose consciousness, because you’re going to come out anyway and score the goal. That’s why I tell athletes to be mature. Give credit. Ownership is the sequence of games that gives. These are everyone’s moments. Pedro has been the goalscorer”,

he said.

But the coach also left open the possibility of using Gabriel Barbosa in the attack: “Gabi, in the same way, has the possibility of how we use, at some strategic moment, both of them from the beginning. We use both [contra o Audax]”.

For Volta Redonda, the match is an opportunity to score and continue dreaming of qualifying for the next phase of the competition. With eight points, Esquadrão de Aço can take 5th place in the classification in case of victory, leaving just one point behind Vasco, in 4th place.

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