Matheuzinho - Flamengo x Youth

Replace Isla, Arrascaeta, Everton Ribeiro and Gabigol in Flamengo it’s not the simplest of tasks, but the players chosen by Renato Gaúcho fulfilled their respective missions. successfully in the last three games. The contributions of Matheuzinho, Michael, Vitinho, Kenedy and Pedro were fundamental for the conquest of seven of the nine points disputed in the period, minimizing the club’s loss in the FIFA date that ends today.

Of the seven goals scored against Red Bull Bragantino (1 a 1), strength (3 to 0) e Youth (3 to 1), the five players mentioned only did not participate directly in one – Andreas Pereira’s foul, at Maracanã. In addition, there were six balls in the net and four assists. See, below, how each one’s income was!

The group’s performance in recent weeks was praised by Renato Gaúcho.

– I usually say that I have a group, that I don’t have a team of 11 players. What is sometimes lacking is rapport. All games change. I’m not complaining, that’s why we have a strong group. The board is to be congratulated. It is important for the fans to also understand that we are going to have these chemistry difficulties. Even so, we are responding well.


In the absence of Gabigol, Pedro was the attacking reference and corresponded with what he knows how to do best: goals. One in each of the three matches. In addition, the 21 shirt crowned the good performances he had with magnificent assistance for Kenedy to open the scoreboard in the victory over Juventude, at Maraca.

Thus, Pedro reached 17 goals this season (seven in Brasileirão), touching Bruno Henrique, vice-scorer of the club with 18. Gabigol is Fla’s top scorer, with 27, and will continue with the “shadow” of the center forward.


Who played the 270 minutes (plus additions) was the young Matheuzinho, Isla’s substitute. In addition to assisting Michael, in a great individual play, the right-back created several dangerous moves for the opponents, showing a good understanding with Arão, Vitinho, Michael, Kenedy & Cia.

The performances increase the fans’ desire to see him as a starter, and it will be up to Renato Gaúcho to decide for the return of the experienced Isla to Flamengo’s team.

Matheuzinho in action at Flamengo (Photo: Alexandre Vidal/Flamengo)


Suspended for the third yellow card, Vitinho did not play against Juventude. However, he was Arrascaseta’s replacement in previous games and repeated the performance he has had throughout the season, with good production in the central strip of the field. Against Bragantino, he gave the assistance to Pedro. It was the 13th decisive pass of shirt 11, Team waiter in the year next to Arrasca.


One of the main names in Renato’s spell at Flamengo so far, Michael made three more good matches on this FIFA date. The two goals against Fortaleza and the assist for Pedro, against Juventude, prove this.

The fast and attacking dribbler is still on top with the coach, being the only player who has played in Flamengo’s 24 matches since the arrival of Renato.


On Wednesday, in addition to the squad, Flamengo did not have Bruno Henrique (injured) and Vitinho (suspended). Thus, Kenedy had the opportunity to start for the first time since he arrived at the club. And it was very good, participated in the main attacking moves and scored a great goal in the first half. The attacker’s adaptation was analyzed by the coach after the victory.

– Kenedy surprised me. It’s been a long time since he started a game. I’ve been exchanging ideas with him, I’m releasing him little by little. I was happy for the goal he made too. A nice goal too. He made a good debut starting a match. I knew he couldn’t make it through 90 minutes. I told him he was going to start the second half and when he couldn’t take it anymore I would ask to leave. Our deal was around 15, that’s what he asked.


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