Gabigol had a conversation with Vitor Pereira about positioning in Flamengo’s tactical scheme
Gabriel Barbosa started the first match of the Carioca Final off the bench. In mixed zone after Flamengo won 2-0 at Fluminense, the striker revealed that he had asked Vitor Pereira to return to the striker position. The No. 10 also compared the Portuguese’s tactical scheme to that of his predecessor, Dorival Junior.
– In this scheme (with three defenders), we play with only one striker. With Dorival, it was different for me, but there were two (forwards). I backed off more. It was a bit uncomfortable, in quotes, but we won the Copa Libertadores. And you were as important as the team. But in this scheme I chose that and it was his choice (start with Pedro) Gabriel Barbosa said.
for classic vs Fluminense, Vitor Pereira started with Pedro as a central striker and Everton Cipolineha and Matheus Franca on the attacking sides. Gabigol was on the bench, but came on in the 21st minute of the second half, replacing shirt number 11.
The presence of Gabriel Barbosa in Flamengo’s Libertadores debut is also cause for doubt. And the number 10 revealed that he had been suffering from muscle pain in the adductor muscle of the thigh since the first leg of the Club World Cup semi-finals, against Al-Ahly (EGI), in the first week of this February.
Flamengo will appear for the first time in Group A in the Libertadores at 7 pm (Brasilia time) next Wednesday (05). Rubro Negro travels to Quito, where they face off against the Ecuadorian team at Altitude D.C. Coluna do Fla is broadcasting the first Continental Tour match live on YouTube.