a Flamingo A 1-1 draw with Nublense, in a match valid for the fourth round of Group A of the Libertadores, a result that, in Jorge Sampaoli’s opinion, showed the team’s physical problems. At a press conference on Wednesday, in Concepción, Chile, the coach acknowledged a lack of performance.
Watch coach Jorge Sampaoli’s press conference after Flamengo’s draw with Yuplens
– After the match against Corinthians (for Brazil), some players weren’t 100%. I put the team that was the best for today (Wednesday). The team dominated the first half. The second half we fell a bit. They tied, but the team fought back, and tried. We regret the result, because we were winning the match – Sampaoli told a press conference, before continuing:
– There were two losing points. We came to win the game and determine the ranking faster. We are not okay because we did not take what we came for. We will continue to work to develop.
Sampaoli could not count on Arascaita and Matheus França, who felt the pain and were left on the bench. Leo Pereira and Eric Polgar, who were in the starting line-up, started on the bench as they felt physically tired after the match against Corinthians. Everton Ribeiro stayed in Rio to treat the first muscle injury of his career.
– We need more intensity in attack, more verticality. I always say the same thing. We have little time, close matches and back-to-back matches. We need to maintain intensity in many games, and that’s complicated. We didn’t have the same intensity against Fluminense, because we got so tired – we added the leader.
Sampaoli equalizes with Nobleness: “We are not fine, because we did not take what we came for.”
Thus, the Argentine coach took to the field a team with some changes: Varelas and Felipe Luis took control of the sides. David Luiz regained his place in defense alongside Fabricio Bruno, and Everton Cipolineha formed an attacking trio with Gabi and Pedro. Amidst absences, Sampaoli admitted physical problems in the team:
Yes, the team is having some physical problems in terms of what I think the team should be facing in terms of strength. It’s associated with fatigue, decreased performance, injury…it’s a process. I want more. Sometimes the player tries and tries and tries and sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he doesn’t. The truth is, I want one more thing in this short process. But I insist and the truth is, game sequences cost us a lot.
Ñublense 1 x 1 Flamengo – Highlights – CONMEBOL Libertadores 2023
As a result, the Flamingo In second place with five points. Racing is the leader with 10, and is Rubro-Negro’s next challenger in the competition. The two teams face each other on June 8, at 9 PM (Brasilia time), in the Maracanã.
In the first half we had good pressure and controlled the game. It lacked more effectiveness. In the second half, the team succeeded in this position in the championship, but the opponents equalized. We had chances until the end but we didn’t take them.
The truth is that I haven’t seen many teams… I’ve seen Ñublense at the Maracanã very organized and competitive. And from the matches I’ve seen with Libertadores, he can fight any team. Looks like a team that isn’t afraid to play
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