The flamingo defeated this Saturday by 1-0 to Goias in the Maracana stadium, a soothing victory that puts aside the crisis between the squad and the technical commission, and moves him away from the relegation places of the Brazilian Championship.
The Rio de Janeiro team picked up the three points again after going four days without a victory, thanks to a solitary goal from Brazilian striker Pedro in the first half.
In the second half he slowed down and suffered, although he managed to maintain the lead on the scoreboard, despite the final push from the visiting team.
At the end of the match, the red and black fans, dissatisfied with the irregularity of the team in the League, charged against the board and asked for the return of the Portuguese coach, Jorge Jesus, with whom the club had the best season in its history in 2019 and that he is without a club after being dismissed from Benfica months ago.
The Flamenguista bench is now occupied by another Portuguese, Paulo Sousa, who has generated a whole schism in the locker room due to some statements in which he hinted at his distrust of goalkeeper Diego Alves, one of the heavyweights in the squad, due to his sudden recovery of an injury.
The crisis reached such a point that this Saturday, after the match against Goiás, Sousa appeared at a press conference with Flamengo’s executive director of football, Bruno Spindel, and the vice president of football, Marcos Braz, to try to resolve the matter.
The former Poland coach explained that “there was a communication failure” and, correcting himself, said that Alves was still out and had not made himself available to play, coinciding with the injury and the bad timing of the first and second goalkeepers in the cast. Braz affirmed that Sousa continues to have the backing of the club: “He is a coach we believe in and we are with him.”
In another of this Saturday’s commitments, Atlético Goianiense added its first victory after seven games by beating Coritiba 2-0, although it remains in the relegation zone.