Despite the confidence that Flamengo will overcome the bad start to the season, Vítor Pereira is aware that a new failure in 2023 could cause his resignation. After the duel against Vasco, in Maracanã, the coach praised the team’s performance, in view of the volume of games presented on the field. Therefore, the coach did not charge the players and made a point of highlighting his union with the group.
“We cannot control everything in football. We cannot control the results, but we can control the work. The work the players did today… I saw a united team, which pressed and proposed the game almost the entire time, pushed the opponent and created game volume. This is what we control. Day to day work is what we control. In this game, of course the result was not what we want. But I saw the team give everything from the first to the last minute. That, as a coach, is the most important thing for me.”, said the technician.
As he left the stadium, Vítor Pereira was escorted by Flamengo security guards. Although no protests directed at the coach took place, the scenario gained repercussions in Portugal, as the newspapers “Record” and “O Jogo” reported the scenario of pressure that the commander is experiencing in Brazil.
“Vítor Pereira’s Flamengo is not going through a good moment in Brazil and, after yesterday’s defeat, with Vasco da Gama, the coach left Maracanã escorted by the club’s security guards.”, stated the “Record”.
“On the 15th game, the Portuguese coach suffered his fourth defeat in charge of Flamengo, losing, at home, by 0-1, against Vasco da Gama. Images captured the moment when Vítor Pereira left Maracanã”, reported the publication of “O Jogo”.
With no time for lamentation, Flamengo, in the last round of the Guanabara Cup, faces Fluminense in a game that looks like a final. That’s because the winner of the classic will guarantee the title of the first phase of Carioca and arrive with morale in the tournament’s knockout.
“What I can say is that there is a commitment within the club between the coaching staff, directors, and the entire squad. I see everyone working very hard every day to do things the way they should be done in the game.”, said the commander of Flamengo.