This duel against Flamengo on Saturday at 7:00 a.m., at Independencia, for the fifth round of the Brazilian Championship, can represent Atlético-MG as the return of the winning way. The team came from three wins in the first three matches, but were beaten by Palmeiras in last weekend's final match.
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The result at the Mineirão took the leadership of the Brazilian Athletics Championship and now belongs to Palmeiras. A rooster with nine points is in fourth place.
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For the match against Flamengo, coach Rodrigo Santana has a problem arming his team. On the right, Geuvânio left the game. Athletes experience muscle fatigue and do not enter the field. On the spot, Cazares will be scaled.
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Rodrigo has another problem to solve. Still in midfield, Luan has not confirmed his participation. The athlete injured his right ankle and did intensive care to get playing conditions.
Fabio Santos did not have a good day today, often losing ground on a muddy pitch. In a duel against Santos, in the middle of the week, by the Brazilian Cup, the wing left the Independence page, with only two minutes of play. He hurt his left thigh and came out. On the contrary, Patric will be the choice.
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Flamengo was motivated by good results from home in midweek, in the first leg of Brazil's Round of 16. The team beat Corinthians 1-0 in São Paulo, while Galo played a goalless draw with Santos at Minas Gerais.
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"This will be a very balanced match, because two teams want to get first place. Flamengo has a lot of quality in the squad, but we also have high level players and are able to build good results at home, in front of our fans," Rodrigo said Santana, temporary coach at Galo.
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Flamenguistas also expect a balanced game, but they are afraid of wear.
"They were two great teams, it was difficult to win Atlético Mineiro at Minas Gerais, but we had to find good results. The recovery time was short, clothes were always anxious, but we were looking for victory," said Abel Braga, coach of Flamengo.
The Flemish coach's thoughts were also felt in the speeches of the players.
"It's always good to return to Belo Horizonte. I had a great time with Cruzeiro and Flamengo shirts. I hope to do a good job and help our team. Atletico-MG is a team that knows the field, is aggressive, has quality players. must be careful at all times not to be surprised, "said midfielder Everton Ribeiro.
However, Atleticanos knew they needed support from fans.
"Our team lost some of what they have presented in the last two matches, against Palmeiras and Santos, but the work in the Brazilian Championship has so far been positive and Rodrigo Santana has our confidence. The game against Flamengo is complicated, but we have the support of fans to "helping us get off the field with three points, which is fundamental at the moment," defender Réver said.
At Flamengo, all the holders are in the hands of Abel Braga and he can maintain the team that has worked. However, midfielder Diego, who came well, came out to obey the suspension, because he was warned with a third yellow card against Chapecoense.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET
ATLÉTICO-MG X FLAMENGO-RJ
Location: Arena Independência, in Belo Horizonte (MG)
Date: May 18, 2019 (Saturday)
Schedule: 19.00 (from Brasilia)
Referee: Paulo Roberto Alves Junior (PR)
Assistant: Ivan Carlos Bohn (PR) and Victor Hugo Imazu dos Santos (PR)
ATLÉTICO-MG: Victor; Guga, Réver, Igor Rabello and Patric; José Welison, Elias and Luan (Nathan); Cazares, Chará and Ricardo Oliveira.
Technician: Rodrigo Santana
FLAMENGO: Diego Alves, Pará, Rodrigo Caio, Léo Duarte and Renê; Gustavo Cuéllar, Willian Arão, Everton Ribeiro and De Arrascaeta; Bruno Henrique and Gabigol
Technician: Abel Braga
Image Credit: Bruno Cantini / Atlético