As the first leg of their round of 16 Copa do Brasil match takes place on Wednesday at Minerao, Atletico Mineiro and Flamengo will play each other twice in less than a week.
In round three, the defending champions from the previous year defeated second-tier team CSA 5-0 on aggregate, and the semifinalists from the previous year defeated Altos 4-1 after two legs.
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Galo are hungry for more as they take on their first true test in this year’s league after winning the Supercopa do Brasil and the Campeonato Mineiro in 2022.
Over the weekend, Antonio Mohamed witnessed his team put on yet another fierce defensive display to earn a second straight clean sheet.
The strategies from their 2021 season are essentially same; they still prioritize defense while allowing the fullbacks the ability to forward and add another attack outlet.
Alvinegro didn’t lose a home game during the entire Copa do Brasil last year, and they only gave up a goal once at Minerao.
Although they are among the best teams in Brazil when it comes to progressive passing and can move the ball quickly into dangerous offensive zones, they struggle to hold onto the ball for lengthy periods of time. These guys are not only physically strong but also technically skilled, making them some of the top ball dribblers, giving Mohamed the luxury of continually being able to rotate his team.
Early on in his term as Flamengo manager, Dorival Junior is starting to realize that it will be difficult to turn around the fortunes of this once-dominant Brazilian club.
He assumed control of a team that lacked confidence, was in danger of dropping to the second division, and was only one point ahead of Goias.
His first three matches in charge were not particularly noteworthy; they suffered road losses to Internacional (3-1) and Atletico Mineiro (2-0), with a straightforward 2-0 win over Cuiaba coming in between both defeats.
They became the first club to do so since Cruzeiro, who did so in 2013 and 2014. They won back-to-back Brasileiro Serie A championships in 2019 and 2020. When they were the team to beat in Brazil, it seems like a very long time ago.
In their third-round match, we witnessed a tale of two halves in both of their games. After falling behind 1-0 to Altos in May, they scored twice in the second half to win 2-1, and then scored two more goals in the final 45 minutes at home ten days later to win 2-0.
They appeared to have lost their identity under their previous manager, Paulo Sousa, who would hit the panic button when things did not go according to plan and would frequently switch formations and tactics, which appeared to harm their continuity.
It won’t be simple or quick to restore some confidence to what seems to be a demoralized Flamengo team.
We are completely confident that Mineiro will be able to shut down a struggling attacking unit in Urubu, even if they field a lesser team for this match due to the talent and depth at every position.