09/22/2021 at 08:00 CEST
Either he reaches the final of the great final of the Libertadores in Montevideo or adds a thunderous failure that will stain the entire season. There is no middle ground or possible negotiation for Flamengo, the super favorite, in the semifinal crossroads against Barcelona, from Guayaquil, which has worked the miracle of breaking the hegemony of the Brazil-Argentina axis and sneaking into the top four on the continent. And this next night (at 02:30 CEST), with a Maracana finally with twisted, the team that trains Renato Portaluppi has the objective of opening a gap so that the tie is not complicated.
Possible absences due to injury to From Arrascaeta, Bruno henrique and Everton Ribeiro, who usually make up the offensive quartet along with Gabigol, they subtract an obvious intimidation potential from Brazilians. However, Flamengo has arguments and a bench to impose its dominance. The paradigmatic cases are those of Michael and Vitinho, who are performing at a high level since the arrival of Portaluppi to the red-black bench.
Maracaná will dress up, according to the significance of the clash. SIt will be the great reunion of the crooked rubronegra with his team: 35,000 fans are expected (50% of the capacity of the mythical Rio stadium) in the stands. And Flamengo cling to the local factor to seek a convincing victory.
👨🏫🎙️ Fabián Bustos from 🇧🇷
💬 “To our fans who continue dreaming, who believe in God and in the capacity and emotional strength of this team”
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– BARCELONA SC (@BarcelonaSC) September 21, 2021
Barcelona, meanwhile, has already made the move to reach the semifinals, but it is far from the point where it allowed him to eliminate Fluminense a month ago. On Friday they broke a five-game streak without knowing the victory and will need another magical night to win the open tie to Guayaquil.
“Ahead we will have the most powerful team on the continent, and there is a huge economic difference between the two, but it is a situation that we have lived through throughout the tournament. It is not easy, everything is very complex, but we will go out to try to be competitive, because we face this challenge with the maximum possible motivation “, the Argentine coach points out, Fabian Bustos.
THE POSSIBLE ALIGNMENTS OF FLAMENGO – BARCELONA SC
FLAMENGO: Diego Alves, Isla, Rodrigo Caio, Leo Pereira, René; Diego, Willian Arao, Andreas Pereira; Vitinho, Michael and Gabigol.
BARCELONA SC: Javier Burrai; Byron Castillo, Fernando León, Williams Riveros, Mario Pineida; Bruno Piñatares, Nixon Molina, Emmanuel Martínez, Damián Díaz, Adonis Preciado; Gonzalo Mastriani.
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay).
Stadium: Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)
Schedule: At 02:30 CEST.