The big day is upon us. Flamengo and River Plate will battle it out for the Copa Libertadores trophy at Estadio Monumental in Peru.
Jorge Jesus did a three-sixty turnaround at the club when he arrived back in the Summer. They were 8 points behind the 1st place, and now only need a point to become champions in Brasileirão. His team is a mix between talented and experienced players, such as Rafinha, Filipe Luis, Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Henrique. On their 2nd Libertadores final ever, they arrive as the favourites for Saturday’s clash on a 25-game run without losing a match (20 wins and 5 draws). Gabriel Barbosa is on a tear this year, and River Plate fans should be afraid of the young Flamengo talent, as he has 22 goals in the league as well as a second-half brace against Grémio in the previous tie. All in all it’s expected to be a pretty balanced game overall.
For River Plate, they’ve not been in the best form recently domestically, but that could very well be because of the rotation Gallardo’s been doing for the Final. This will be the club’s second consecutive Libertadores final, so the players could be more used to the big stage then the opposing team, something that should be factored coming into this match. Rafael Borré is the main goalscorer for the Argentinian club, backed by Lucas Pratto and Ezequiel Palacios, three dangerous players for Flamengo’s defense. Juan Fernando Quintero is the joker coming off the bench, who has the ability to unlock a game by himself like last season’s final.
These types of matches are always hard to predict, but I can’t see one of these teams going 90 minutes without at least scoring one time.
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