The brand new Flamengo coach says he knows the rival coach and has studied him. On Tuesday they collide for the first leg of the round of 16 at the Cilindro de Avellaneda
The joy of having reached the top of Brasileirao after a long time had its beginning and its end. “The coach does not celebrate more than five, ten minutes …”, explains Rogério Ceni, that goal-scoring goalkeeper for San Pablo who, a couple of days ago, became Flamengo’s new coach.
The Rio team, from his hand, and after the 3-1 to Coritiba and a couple of results with the wind in his favor, was at the top of the Brazilian tournament. Just when he is about to meet Racing in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. Even that aim has the Academy.
However, Ceni seems to have more confidence in Avellaneda’s than the Academy’s own fans, hit by the weak presence of Sebastián Beccacece’s team since post-quarantine football was restarted.
“We got a necessary victory, which helps. It gives us peace of mind to work on the next game. I had already been studying Racing, which has a coach that I already faced in the Copa Sudamericana ”, said Rogerio Ceni, in reference to the hand in hand between the São Paulo Tricolor and Defense and Justice in 2017, when Florencio Varela’s men hit the ground running in Brazil (0-0 at Lanús and 1-1 at Morumbí).
In fact, three years ago, upon arriving at the Ezeiza airport, he had also publicly praised it. “He is a great coach. He worked with Sampaoli and everyone who worked with him has a surprise. He is offensive, I like him a lot … It is always very difficult against Argentine teams,” he said.
The ghost of Beccacece does not leave Ceni alone, who does not seem to trust the bad sporting moment and the tears in the leadership leadership that have transpired in recent days.
“I know Beccacece a lot, I know how he likes to play. We cannot be fooled by the latest results. Nor can we compare ourselves because we had a victory, a draw and two defeats … In addition, (Racing) is an Argentine team, playing the Libertadores and in Argentina. It’s difficult for any team … ”, declared Rogério Ceni.
Flamengo’s next commitment for the local tournament will only be on December 5 (against Botafogo and in Maracanã): for the round trip against the Academy for the Cup, his match against Gremio for the 23rd date was postponed.