Soon, starting at 7pm (Brasília time) this Wednesday (20), Flamengo will face Goiás, at Estádio da Serrinha, in a game valid for the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. If, on the one hand, the red-and-blacks approved Augustín Rossi’s ownership in goal, on the other hand, many fans criticized Rodrigo Caio’s absence in the starting lineup.
Mais Querido goes to the field with: Rossi, Matheuzinho, Fabrício Bruno, Pablo and Ayrton Lucas; Thiago Maia, Gerson, Victor Hugo and Éverton Ribeiro; Bruno Henrique and Pedro.
A corner in Flamengo’s squad, Rodrigo Caio has never been a starter since the arrival of coach Jorge Sampaoli and only participated in two games with the coach. For this Wednesday’s match (20), Pablo was chosen and will play at center back alongside Fabrício Bruno. As mentioned, the commander’s option angered fans, who filled social media with criticism. See some reactions:
Putting Pablo instead of Rodrigo Caio is a stupidity that only Sampalouco has. DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO USE THE CAST.
— FlaMota (@fabiomota272) September 20, 2023
How do you let Rodrigo fall on the bench for Pablo, crazy man
— rapha. (@euseciliano_) September 20, 2023
Rodrigo Caio with one leg is better than Pablo… But el loco Sampaoli is not prepared for this conversation
— Júnior Baiano CariocaCRF (@FayerLuciano) September 20, 2023
Rodrigo Caio with one leg is better than Pablo with a concrete waist
— Balbino (@davidcrf_7) September 20, 2023
Flamengo’s situation in the Brasileirão
Deep in crisis, Flamengo is looking for a victory in Goiânia to ease the tension behind the scenes. With 39 points won in 23 rounds, Rubro-Negro occupies fifth place in the Brazilian Championship. So far, Mais Querido has recorded 11 wins, six draws and six defeats.
Last Sunday (17), in a match valid for the first leg of the Copa do Brasil final, Flamengo was defeated by São Paulo in the middle of Maracanã. The setback angered the red and black fans and revealed the Gávea club’s terrible moment. To win the title, Mais Querido will have to win by two or more goals at Morumbi. Triumph by one goal takes the decision to penalties.
Flamengo’s next games
- São Paulo x Flamengo – Copa do Brasil (final – return) – Morumbi – Sunday (24), at 4pm (Brasília time);
- Flamengo x Bahia – Brazilian Championship – Maracanã – Saturday (30), at 4pm (Brasília time);
- Corinthians x Flamengo – Brazilian Championship – Neo Química Arena – Saturday (07/10), at 9pm (Brasília time)