Flamengo will have a very modified team in the knockout stage, against Náutico-PE, on Saturday (13).
Flamengo qualifies for the second stage of Copinha. However, in the knockout stage, Rubro Negro will have a problem. Due to the main cast's trip to the United States, some of the boys from the nest will say goodbye to São Paulo and return to Rio de Janeiro for Cariocao. Therefore, Mace Querido's team will have a significantly modified lineup for the match against Nautico, on Saturday (13). The Florida captain in contention confirmed that some athletes will travel this Thursday (11).
— Feeling grateful. In cooperation with this group and the technical committee, we have achieved many things. I thank them all for where I have come and for everything they have done for me. Now we conclude the course with a flourish and will continue to the next stage. I'm going to Rio de Janeiro today (Thursday), so let's go back, rest and continue preparing for Carioca. Very anxious, I hope I will be there soon to do my best – Defender Dijao, the team captain, said in an interview with “CazéTV”.
Team of the missing
It is expected that between ten and 12 players will leave Copenha and head to the professionals. Two of them have already been confirmed infected, such as Dijao and Weirton, who spoke about the trip to Rio de Janeiro after the match with Audax, on Thursday (11). Other names 'known' to fans should also join the Campeonato Carioca squad, such as Lorran, Petterson and Dyogo Alves.
Moreover, Dijao and Weirton played the last match of their careers as young athletes. The only duo born in 2003 in Flamengo's squad in Copinha, they will turn 21 in 2024 and have reached the peak of their lives. The striker already knows the next club he will play for. After matches for Menjau professionals in Cariocao, the number 7 goes to Santa Clara (Portugal), on loan for a year and a half.
So, with the “full” team, Flamengo scored nine points in three matches in Group 19. In other words, it achieved 100% success, with victories over São José-RS, São Bento-SP, and Audax Osasco-SP. Now, in the knockout stage, the opponent will be Náutico-PE, second in Group 20, with two wins and one defeat. Therefore, the duel will be on Saturday (13th), and not yet ID.
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