Analysis: positioning on the field and on the continent make Flamengo gigantic at the gates of a new final | Flamengo

Analysis: positioning on the field and on the continent make Flamengo gigantic at the gates of a new final | Flamengo
Analysis: positioning on the field and on the continent make Flamengo gigantic at the gates of a new final | Flamengo

This team’s impressive sense of space allowed the players to force the most complicated passes and still succeed in any loss of possession. They occupied the field, took care of it, both in the offensive part and in the recomposition.

It is also impressive how Flamengo has repositioned itself on the continent. If at the beginning of the club’s reconstruction, which started in 2013, the fans suffered from very brief participations in Libertadores – two falls in the first phase and one in the round of 16 before 2019 -, today you see a team that has the habit of winning with authority away from home.

To give you an idea, they haven’t lost as a visitor since the third round of the group stage of the 2020 edition. Since then, they have played 12 times, won 10 and drawn only two.

1 of 3 A collective hug shows what Flamengo was like at José Amalfitani — Photo: Marcelo Cortes/Flamengo

A collective hug shows what Flamengo was like at José Amalfitani — Photo: Marcelo Cortes/Flamengo

goals show”Flamengo of solutions”

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“Pleasant to work with a group that has the search for solutions within what it presents”. Dorival Júnior said this in one of his first responses at the press conference, and the game reflected that well.

Solution 1: game view

In the first goal, after an attack, Léo Pereira was still in the offensive field when he received Rodinei from the right. The side passed waiting for the ball.

The defender, with good technical power above, did not opt ​​for the simplest solution and refused to return the ball. He looked at the area, saw that Gabigol was holding a marker and threw a tight cross in Pedro’s direction. The opposing defense all missed, and 21 did not forgive. Leo, by the way, reaffirmed the excellent moment with great ball time, anticipation and intense presence in the distribution of passes.

Best moments: Vélez Sarsfield 0 x 4 Flamengo, for the semifinals of Libertadores 2022

Solution 2: Approach allows combat and correction that ends in eye drops

The second red-black goal, by far the most beautiful of the game, shows how much this Flamengo has solutions for the most varied situations, as Dorival says. The construction starts with a Filipe Luís pass error. Well positioned, João Gomes makes the right move in Cáseres, and the ball goes back to Filipe, who triggers Pedro first.

The game’s ace goes up to two rivals, cuts them off and hands them over to Everton Ribeiro. Then another pineapple is peeled. Shirt 7 dominates badly and delivers it to Arrascaeta at the stake. The Uruguayan is not frightened by the approach of two rivals and plays first, on top. Without letting it fall off the ground, Gabigol hands the ball and pen to Ribeiro to sign the work.

Solution 3: complexity and simplicity

With far-fetched football, Filipe Luís starts the third goal by lining up and delivers it to João Gomes. The midfielder tries to return inside the area, but misses. As Filipe infiltrated correctly, the ball is left at his feet, and he gets rid of the approach of three rivals with a simple pass. Gabigol also did the same and left Pedro free to, with a more complex touch, finish the play: 3 to 0.

2 of 3 Pedro scored three goals in Vélez x Flamengo — Photo: Photo: Marcelo Cortes / Flamengo

Pedro scored three goals in Vélez x Flamengo — Photo: Photo: Marcelo Cortes / Flamengo

Solution 4: Peter’s verticality

In the goal that killed the game and the semi-final, Pedro, from the left wing, touches Vidal to the middle, and the play is drawn for Gabigol. The Chilean does not hesitate and gives it to 9. Atento, Pedro is projected in the middle of a triangle formed by Seoane, Jara and De los Santos. Vidal’s ball deflects on a rival, and who was well placed to close the score? Yes, the striker Tite talks about so much. He smacks it right in the corner.

Defensive positioning and air ball tuned

A point that could go unnoticed in a 4-0 rout was Flamengo’s great defensive performance. In the aerial game, David Luiz had a superb performance. He won them all and even got it right by forcing the yellow card and saving himself from the return game. He and Léo Pereira, by the way, also allowed the team to leave the defensive field with quality. The sides cooperated and left at the right moment, sometimes on one side, sometimes on the other.

Rodinei, as usual, was the one who advanced the most, but Filipe had a very important offensive presence. The third goal is proof of that.

How to make an analysis and not mention the great performance of the steering wheels? They were tireless in combat, but also actively participated in construction. João Gomes was the biggest stealer of balls, with five tackles, and he attacked a lot. He kicked on goal early in the match, showing personality, and even left Gabigol twice in Hoyos’s face.

A Flamengo that found solutions in droves with its starters still has the luxury of having a bench full of options to change games.

Flamengo lacked solutions to pierce outbacks in 2021, and the symptomatic 0-0 draw with Cuiabá at Maracanã and the traumatic defeat in the Libertadores final. Today’s Flamengo is prepared for the most varied challenges, be they defensive bolts, violent teams, bad turf or synthetic turf. A mature Flamengo to continue making history.

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