The two teams that bring together the biggest fans in the country, Corinthians and Flamengo, face each other today (18), at 4 pm, at the Neo Química Arena. At different times sporting and economically, the two powers are today equivalent only in gigantism.
Tied with the leader Atlético-MG in points (31), Fla aims at the top of the table to keep the flame for Brazil’s second championship even more alive. In the field, despite the many casualties, coach Domènec Torrent should have names like Bruno Henrique, Filipe Luís and Pedro, symbols of a club that has restructured financially.
With three cups already won in the year, Rubro-negro is also alive in the battle for the Libertadores tri. Champions in 2019, cariocas interrupted a 38-year fast. With the equation of a strong club and a team of stars, Rubro-negro aims at financial and sporting hegemony in the continent.
Corinthians lives a more modest reality And tries to escape the crisis with a victory today. After breaking the fast of five games without winning in the competition (1-0 win against Athletico-PR) and leaving the relegation zone, the São Paulo club needs to beat the cariocas so as not to run the risk of returning to the “sticking group” .
Unlike Fla, Corinthians is going through a difficult year, with early elimination in the pre-Libertadores, against Guaraní, from Paraguay, in addition to having lost the final of the Paulista Championship to arch-rivals Palmeiras on penalties. It is worth remembering that Alvinegro was close to the relegation zone in the State and has already embittered the relegation zone for a round in the Brasileirão.
The bad phase has already generated several protests from the fans, both at Neo Química Arena, and at CT Joaquim Grava. Uniformed fans did not even respect the pandemic period and crowd in front of the CT and stadium with banners and protest chants directed at President Andrés Sanchez, players and even opposition groups. It even remained for the goalkeeper Cássio, idol of the São Paulo club.
With an empty cash register, Alvinegro lives on lean days and made some investments that still need to be proven, cases of Otero, Cazares and Luan. With Vágner Mancini in charge, the order is to tidy up the house and chase away the ghost of the fall. Naming rights have eased the economic drama a little, but the moment is not peaceful. The electoral year peppered the club a little more, hoping to live more peaceful days, like this Sunday’s opponent.
CORINTHIANS X FLAMENGO
Competition: 17th round of the Brazilian Championship
Data: 10/18/2020 (Sunday)
Schedule: 16h (from Brasília)
Local: Neo Química Arena, in São Paulo (SP)
Referee: Leandro Pedro Vuaden (RS)
Assistants: Jorge Eduardo Bernardi (RS) and José Eduardo Calza (RS)
WHERE: Wagner Reway (PB)
CORINTHIANS: Cássio (Walter), Fagner, Gil, Marllon, Lucas Piton; Xavier, Caamcho (Cantillo), Otero, Mateus Vital, Everaldo (Léo Natel); Boselli. Technical: Vágner Mancini
FLAMENGO: Hugo Souza, Isla (Matheuzinho), Gustavo Henrique, Léo Pereira and Filipe Luís; Arão, Thiago Maia and Gerson; Vitinho (Diego), Pedro (Lincoln) and Bruno Henrique. Technical: Domènec Torrent