Struggling to remain in the qualifying zone for the 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores de America through the Brasileirão, Flamengo hosts this Thursday, October 19, the ascending Bahia. The game is part of the twenty-ninth round of the Brazilian Championship version 2017 and will be played Luso Brasileiro, Ilha do Urubu, in Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo’s recent performance
Without a convincing performance, Flamengo defeated Chapecoense, 1-0, on Sunday, October 15, in play for the 28th day. Thus, he avoided the approach of his rivals in the fight for the seventh place of the Brasileirão, the last one that qualifies for a place in the 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores de América.
With 43 points (11 wins, 10 draws and 7 losses), this goal has been considered very low against the ambitions that a team that has made heavy investments such as Flamengo should have. In that case, to go one step further, the red-black would need to finish in the top four, which would mean a direct place in the group stage of the continental tournament.
However, winning the Copa Sudamericana, a tournament that Flamengo started to play after being eliminated from Libertadores 2017, became the target of the most covetous of its fans, technical staff and leaders.
Thus, the duels of Brasileirão indicate a second phase in the work of Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda. After changing teams with great constancy and giving opportunities for practically all the players of the cast to exhibit their soccer, the coach begins to define the team that considers holder.
But you still have some choices to make. One is regarding the use of Diego and Thiago Ribeiro socks together. The coach went on to say that the athletes could not act together and contend for a position. Then he turned back and began to climb them as headlines. It was like that in Chapecó.
However, the low performance of Thiago Ribeiro may cause him to lose position to Berrio. Against Bahia, he should still be given the opportunity to start as a starter. But if it does not perform well it can be overwritten and switched to being listed on the reservation bank.
The current form of Bahia
Bahia secured an important victory for both the qualifying table and the athletes’ self-esteem on Sunday, October 15. In Salvador, beat Corinthians, leader of the Brasileirão, by 2 to 0.
In addition to the three points, the team led by coach Paulo César Carpegianni presented a showy, very touching and bold football. It was better that the rival practically throughout the game and deservedly reached 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and 11 losses), rising to tenth place in the standings at the end of the twenty-eighth round.
It was the second good result since Carpegianni occupied the vacancy of Black Casagrande, dismissed due to bad results. Before, against Palmeiras, in São Paulo, the tricolor came out at a disadvantage with two goals, but showed reaction power and got the tie.
In this way, managed to move away from the relegation zone and caused the coach to change the goal drawn for the final ten rounds of the Brazilian. Now, the tricolor wants to complete the Brasileirão in the top 13, which would ensure a place to play for the South American Cup next year.
History of the bouts between Flamengo and Bahia
With 15 events, the tie was the result more often recorded in the matches involving Flamengo and Bahia in Brasileirão. Rubro-negro won 12 games, including the 1-0 in the first round of the 2017 season. The Bahians had their best in ten games