Jorge Sampaoli: the coach’s worst moment in Flamengo, who plays badly, doesn’t score goals and even his fans sing “ole, ole” to them, purely ironically

Is he Jorge Sampaoli’s worst momentthe controversial driver, with a traumatic time with the national team. Flamengo, his team, usually loses and with a formation full of figures. Outside of the Copa Libertadores, far from the fight for the title in the Brasileirao and now, committed to the Copa do Brasil, after falling in the definition against Saint Paulwith a cry of Jonathan Calleri. As it was learned, the rematch, scheduled for next Sunday, may mark the farewell of the veteran driver.

The worst thing, however, is how the large group of fans of the Rio de Janeiro giant take the situation. In the defeat against Athletico Paranaense by 3 to 0, at the Maracaná, they even cheered up an ironic chant that belongs to old times of Argentine football. With the Paraná team playing and playing, and the Flamengo players unable to recover the ball, the fans improvised an aggressive “ole, ole” against his own players. A symbol of the moment that the red and black club is going through.

Account Lancethe newspaper that is the leader in the Brazilian sports world: “Despite being on the tightrope, the coach has the support of the president Rodolfo Landim and he remains in office for the second game.” And details:

“The last week was marked by meetings at Ninho do Urubu (the training center). The dialogues, although minimal, have the sole objective of try to save a season marked by failures, which exposed the terrible atmosphere in the hallways. The highlight, however, is the ‘private’ side of the talks, which is sectorised.

The terrible weather behind the scenes in Ninho do Urubu is nothing new to anyone and gets worse with each new attempt to maintain the unsustainable. There is no dialogue between Jorge Sampaoli and the players and the assistants of the coaching staff, and the tense relationship is clearer every day. In the match against San Pablo, in fact, some details opened the abyss between the parties.

“One of the highlights was the break for the players to hydrate during the first half. At that time, Jorge Sampaoli He didn’t even talk to the footballers to give them instructions, and the little dialogue that occurred was led by his assistant. “During the entire duel, the Argentine barely spoke.”

San Pablo is approaching its first Brazilian Cup title after winning this Sunday in Rio de Janeiro 1-0 over Flamengo, in the first leg of the tournament final. A header from Jonathan Calleri In the stoppage of the first half he gave the Tricolor the victory against a poor Flamengo, current champion of the tournament and who He left whistled by the more than 67,000 fans that filled the legendary Maracaná stadium.

Jorge Sampaoli, in problems with Wilmar Roldán, in the elimination against Olimpia, in AsunciónNORBERTO DUARTE – AFP

San Pablo was better from the beginning and controlled the match against a Flamengo that did not cause any concern in the first half and that greatly noticed the loss of its great figure, the Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaetainjured.

Sampaoli surprised with a starting eleven with the presence of his attacking trident (Gabigol, Pedro and Bruno Henrique)being only the third time that the three performed together since they played for Flamengo, although very well marked, they were barely seen.

Jorge Sampaoli, between a title and the hypothesis of being firedWagner Meier – Getty Images South America

With the victory, San Pablo, trained by Dorival Juniorthe coach who won the Libertadores and the Brazilian Cup last year, but whose contract was not renewed by the red and black board in a striking decision, only needs a draw next Sunday at home and in front of his fans to win his first Brazil Cup, the only title missing in its history.

Flamengo will arrive at the decisive match under great pressure after the team’s poor streak of results, eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores (an unexpected 1-3 against Olimpiain Asunción), 12 points behind the leadership in the Brasileirao (Botafogo is the leader, with 51 units) and with the continuity of Jorge Sampaoli, more than ever, hanging by a thread.

After Calleri’s goal, Sampaoli went to the locker room before the referee signaled the end of the first chapter. And after the defeat, usually at the limit and often out of his mind, Casilda’s man He showed his anger on his way back to the locker room by kicking a dividing fence. located in the tunnel that connects the locker rooms with the playing field.

“I have the illusion that we are going to become champions.”. I want to clarify that with my coaching staff we are paying attention to every detail and we are excited,” he warned in the press conference after the 0-1 at the Maracaná, trying to show himself as whole with his sights set on revenge. Furthermore, he explained why he went to the locker room before the end of the first half: “My feeling is related to what happens in the field. “I left early because the fourth referee told me it was over.” Which seems, at first glance, quite a contradiction.

These gestures (at the end of the first half and, above all, what happened at the end of the match) were recorded by the cameras and heated up an atmosphere that at this point is not very friendly. The fans of Flamengo They have been asking for his departure for a long time. However, they are also engulfed in anger with the players, who are in a gray season. As it became known, the departure of the Santa Fe native would not be easy. The coach has a contract until December 31, 2024 and breaking the contract unilaterally would cost about 3 million dollars. Sampaoli does not plan to give up that money.


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