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David Luiz is a key player in the La Libertadores match.  See the lineup

David Luiz is a key player in the La Libertadores match. See the lineup

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David Luiz wins the position over Fabricio Bruno, who saved him due to physical fatigue

Flamengo is ready for its debut in the Libertadores. On Monday (01), Tite determined the team that will face Millonarios (Cologne) on Tuesday (02) in the first match of the continental competition. The only change regarding the team that beat Nova Iguaçu on Saturday (30) is the entry of David Luiz in place of Fabricio Bruno.

See Flamengo's possible lineup:

Rossi, Varela, David Luiz, Leo Pereira and Ayrton Lucas; Bolgar, de la Cruz and Arascaita; Luiz Arajo, Cipolinia and Pedro.

Fabricio Bruno came off an intense run of matches. Starting with Brazil's friendlies against England and Spain, on March 23 and 26, the defender was not rested and also played 90 minutes against Nova Iguaçu, on Saturday (30). Therefore, the number 15 shirt showed muscle wear and coach Tite will keep it.

Someone who also had a series of matches and a trip from Europe to Brazil was De La Cruz. Flamengo's technical committee even considered keeping the midfielder, but the Uruguayan will start the match as a starter. Moreover, with the change of Fabricio Bruno to David Luiz, the other ten athletes are the same ones who started the confrontation with Nova Iguaçu, in the first final of the Carioca Championship.

Why David Luiz?

According to a Colonna de Fla report, Tite chose David Luiz because of his relationship with Leo Pereira. Flamengo's new reinforcement, Leo Ortiz, has yet to take the field for Rubro Negro. The No.23 teamed up with Leo Pereira in the 2022 Libertadores title campaign and that is why he was selected.

The report by the main news site Flamengo also found that all the athletes who traveled to Bogotá trained normally at the Colombian Federation's Sports Center, without restrictions. In other words, the players are at Tite's disposal. The coach will decide who will be on the bench and also who will not participate in the first match.

First appearance in Libertadores

Millonarios vs Flamengo will be played on Tuesday (02), at El Campin Stadium, in Bogotá, Colombia, in the first round of Group E of the Copa Libertadores. As usual, Coluna do Fla is streaming the game live on YouTubewith narration by Rafa Pinedo, comments by Tulio Rodriguez and reports by Leo José and Simon Ledo, live on stage.

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Additionally, ESPN (closed) and Star+ (live) are showing the showdown. In addition to Flamengo and Millonarios, they are also part of the fifth group of Palestino (Chile) and Bolivar (Bolivar), who will make their debut on Thursday (04) in Chile. The match will be at nine o'clock in the evening, Brasilia time.

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