Despite the defeat, Rogério Ceni sees Flamengo as ‘well superior’ to Fluminense – Prime Time Zone

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Coach attributed the poor result to the lack of players who were called up for the Copa América, the injury of Diego Ribas and the sale of Gerson to Olympique de Marseille

WANDERSON OLIVEIRA/SPORTING DAY/ESTADÃO CONTENT DES20210704011 – 07/04/2021Fluminense won on Sunday, 4, Flamengo 1-0

O Flamengo was defeated by Fluminense this Sunday, 4, by 1 to 0, in a game valid for the 9th round of the Brazilian championship, held at Neo Química Arena, in São Paulo. Despite the defeat, the coach Rogerio Ceni states that the red-black was superior to the rival during the first half and that, in the second, the teams were balanced. The coach attributed Flamengo’s defeat to the embezzlement of the athletes who were called up by the Brazilian team to play in the Copa América, to the injury to Diego Ribas placeholder image and on sale of Gerson to the Marseille Olympics. “We’ve always proposed the game, we’ve taken the initiative in any game since we got here. There wasn’t any game that didn’t have the game preposition. We create great opportunities and don’t always convert them into a goal. I think the second half wasn’t that low,” began Ceni. “We have several players in the national team. It’s the seventh game we play with a very small squad. We played with four tens in the middle. One left, another had an injury and two are in the squad, which changes the game scheme a lot. I see the game, in the first half, much better and, in the second half, balanced”, justified the coach. The rubro-negro faces Atlético-MG next Wednesday, 7th at 7pm, in Mineirão, for the 10th round of the Brasileirão.