Flamengo and Palmeiras seek the eternal glory of the Libertadores

Rádio Nacional broadcasts the match live this Saturday (27)

Published in 27/11/2021 - 07:00 By Agência Brasil - Rio de Janeiro

Flamengo and Palmeiras seek the eternal glory of the Copa Libertadores da América, starting at 5 pm (GMT) this Saturday (27), at the Centenário stadium in Montevideo (Uruguay). The decisive match will be broadcast by Rádio Nacional .

The game puts the last two winners of the competition face to face (Rubro-Negro from the 2019 edition and Verdão from the 2020 edition).

Flamengo is looking for a three-time continental championship (won in 1981 and 2019) at a time of instability in the season. After being left out of the Brazil Cup final (after elimination in the semifinals against Athletico-PR), the team from Gávea saw the Brazilian title get further away, as it stumbled when it could reduce the distance to the leader Atlético-MG.

Thus, winning the Libertadores is a great opportunity to end the season by lifting a trophy. At the press conference before the decision, coach Renato Gaúcho made it clear that he knows that victory is of paramount importance in a country like Brazil, where only the names of the winners are recorded in history: “We work to look for the results, the titles. We came in to win, but so did the opponent. Tomorrow [Saturday] we have a decision. The most important thing is that we arrived on merit. In Brazil, unfortunately, they only give importance to those who win”.

To achieve this goal, the coach will have maximum strength, including the Uruguayan midfielder De Arrascaeta, who embezzled the Gávea team in several games this season. With that, Flamengo's probable squad in the decision is: Diego Alves; Isla (Matheuzinho), Rodrigo Caio, David Luiz and Filipe Luís; Willian Arão, Andreas Pereira, Éverton Ribeiro and Arrascaeta; Bruno Henrique and Gabriel Barbosa.

Verdão also seeks the third glory of Libertadores (after winning in 1999 and 2020). However, to achieve this goal, they will have to break an uncomfortable taboo, beat Flamengo again, which hasn't happened since 2017 (in this period the teams met 9 times, with 5 triumphs for Rubro-Negro and 4 draws).

In the opinion of coach Abel Ferreira, this retrospective cannot take his team's spirits off. “Although I haven't won for over four years [from Flamengo], we have a chance to do it tomorrow [Saturday]. My trajectory at Palmeiras has been to make history with these players here and now.”

At the press conference before the game, the possibility of experienced defensive midfielder Felipe Melo starting in the starting lineup remained in the air. If he really gets the spot among the 11 starting at Verdão, Palmeiras should take the field with: Weverton; Mayke, Gustavo Gómez, Luan and Piquerez; Felipe Melo, Zé Rafael, Raphael Veiga and Gustavo Scarpa; Dudu and Ron.

National Radio Broadcast

Rádio Nacional broadcasts the Copa Libertadores final between Flamengo and Palmeiras with narration by André Luiz Mendes, comments by Waldir Luiz and Luiz Ademar, report by Rodrigo Campos and duty by Sergio du Bocage. You can follow the National Ball Show here:

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Fábio Lisboa

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