Renato Augusto knows that Corinthians will have to overcome a huge challenge to win the Copa do Brasil title. Next month, Alvinegro will face Flamengo in matches on the 12th and 19th. The first game of the final is at Neo Química Arena, while Maracanã will be the stage for the duel for the cup.
Guest of Sportv’s ‘Bem, Amigos’, tonight (26), the Corinthians midfielder placed the opponent in the final of the Copa do Brasil as the possible “best team in America”.
“We know that the Flamengo team is perhaps the best in Brazil, maybe even in America. We know that it is a very strong team, but we cannot use the Libertadores game as a parameter, because our team today is completely different.” . We are on a very good climb”, began shirt 8.
“We played two great games against Fluminense, they are different games, Fluminense plays very differently from Flamengo. But we adapted to the opponent. That’s what we try to do. It will be hard work for the mister [Vítor Pereira], but I believe the game will be very different. We will be able to give it a much greater difficulty than it was in Libertadores”, he added.
Renato also stated that Flamengo is the favorite for the decision and pointed out what Corinthians needs to do to win.
“Flamengo is deadly. Some games that we follow in the knockout stages, sometimes they weren’t even so good in the games and they score a goal. It’s hard to compare, but it’s similar to our game against Palmeiras, at home [vitória palmeirense por 1 a 0]. As little chance as possible, making as little mistakes as possible and taking advantage of the spaces, as we have been doing. Whoever proposes the game too much, ends up making mistakes too. We have to take the opportunity to score the goal,” he said.
Corinthians faced Flamengo in this year’s Libertadores playoffs. In the quarterfinals, Rubro-Negro dominated the rival from São Paulo and won 3-0 on aggregate (2-0 in São Paulo and 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro).
Also on the Grupo Globo program, Renato Augusto praised the opponent in the final. For him, Fluminense, Flamengo and Palmeiras have interesting game models in Brazil today, taking Corinthians away from the evaluation.
“I really like to see Fluminense playing, it really is a team that brings you difficulties, that makes the opponent work. Flamengo returned to play well. Palmeiras has a different form, but it’s a team that works. Brazil we have interesting teams”, he said.