Tite denies that Flamengo had an advantage with one more: “It would be cowardice” | Flamengo

Tite denies that Flamengo had an advantage with one more: “It would be cowardice” | Flamengo
Tite denies that Flamengo had an advantage with one more: “It would be cowardice” | Flamengo
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Coach Tite defended Flamengo’s stance in the draw suffered at the end, against Millonarios, this Tuesday, in the Libertadores. The red and black team carried a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard for much of the second half, and had an extra player after the Colombian team was sent off, yet conceded a goal at the end. The match ended 1-1.

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– We didn’t try to manage the game, we continued attacking the opponent. We put three speed attackers. We didn’t put the team behind. We changed parts to have more “freshness”. Millonarios, with ten, had a low score. He delayed the line to counterattack. We didn’t know how to break this blockade. We are looking for the second goal. If we put everyone behind, we could have scored the second goal. That’s not our characteristic, it would be cowardice. What happened is part of the game, an individual play.

Flamengo’s numerical advantage came in the 16th minute of the second half, when Larry Vásquez brought down Arrascaeta in the Millonarios area and received a red card. Pedro took and converted the penalty. From then on, Rubro-Negro played with one plus and, still, failed to score any more goals.

1 of 1 Tite Flamengo x Millonarios in the Libertadores at altitude — Photo: RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP
Tite Flamengo x Millonarios in the Libertadores at altitude — Photo: RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP

The teams alternated moments of superiority. In the first half, the home team had more offensive volume and created good opportunities. The Rio team reacted in the second half and took control of the game.

– Football sometimes presents you with different stages. Millonarios could have scored after 15 minutes of the first half, when they created volume and launched balls into the area. We missed a lot of passes, the altitude causes this, which prevented us from using the best quality attackers. The ball runs more. We came back better in the second half, with superiority and scored the goal. Football is like that. It has these details. Game dominated, with a chance to score the second. An individual play gave them the goal. Perhaps the only opportunity. We had a good second half, but we conceded the goal.

The game was held in Bogotá, which is at an altitude of 2,640 meters, and Flamengo made special preparation with the aim of adapting the athletes to the greater speed of the ball and physical exhaustion.

According to the coach, nine players in the squad had some type of physical problem before the match. De la Cruz, with a viral condition, didn’t even go to the stadium. Léo Pereira and Ayrton Lucas started on the bench. David Luiz and Viña entered their positions, respectively.

– We came with nine players who had some problem. Nine, from the last game until now. We had to do some review, I can’t go in with nine players, some feeling, some more details. Because, and this is the most important detail, we have players and a squad with a lot of quality. When you have a clinical or physical need for a decrease, naturally you have these great players to be able to participate. And that’s where the names you mentioned come in.

Flamengo returns to the field next Sunday to face Nova Iguaçu, in the second leg of the Campeonato Carioca final. In the first match, Rubro-Negro won 3-0 and is very close to winning the title again after two years.

See other responses from the trainer:

Difficulty with altitude

– Football sometimes presents you with different stages. Millonarios could have scored after 15 minutes of the first half, when they created volume and launched balls into the area. We missed a lot of passes, the altitude causes this, which prevented us from using the best quality attackers. The ball runs more. We came back better in the second half, with superiority and scored the goal. Football is like that. It has these details. Game dominated, with a chance to score the second. An individual play gave them the goal. Perhaps the only opportunity. We had a good second half, but we conceded the goal.

Positive aspects of the draw

– First with the truth. There’s no point hiding it. I am realistic. In the first half, after 15 minutes, the team was below its standard. He came back much better, he deservedly scored the goal. It had volume. Corrected the deficiencies. There are days. In a mistake, in an individual play… It’s a process of team evolution.

– Millonarios has had the same team for a long time. When athletes and coaches repeat, she plays without thinking. Combining individual technical quality is very important.

Allan’s entry in place of Igor Jesus and Pedro’s departure

– First, Allan gives you rhythm. He is a player who gives you pace, short passes, volume. And it even allows Erick (Pulgar) to leave alternately. When you have both, one searches and the other has more freedom of infiltration. (There was) this marking by the opponent in the first half and we managed to get out of that first pressure with Allan’s good entry. When you have BH, you have players for the three front positions. The opponent exposing himself, he would have the opportunity for us to launch a counterattack. And don’t have any problems with the aerial ball. Apart from all the wear and tear, in terms of altitude, I have to renew the team. That was one of the aspects. You have to keep renewing it, like Millonarios did, and so did we after Ayrton joined us. You see that Varela got a cramp. We came on an exhausting trip after a game that was, for us, also quite exhausting. This whole context meant that I needed to use all the athletes, because the Flamengo group provides that.

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