Jesus and Sampaoli prepare themselves for the "final" of the first round between Flamengo and Santos

Flamengo Players

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The match between Flamengo and Santos will decide the first place of the initial round of the Brazilian Championship. It is a symbolic achievement, but it has its importance in the tradition of football. Most of the times, the one who finishes the first round ahead, keeps that position and gets the cup. The Rio team leads the competition with 39 points, two more than the "black and white" team. The match will be held this Saturday, at 5 pm, at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, for the 19th matchday. More than 60,000 tickets have already been sold.

The O Estado newspaper presents the teams' "weapons" for this match and highlights their coaches. On the one hand, the Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus has almost all the players available and an eye-catching cast. On the other, the Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli awaits the evolution of Victor Ferraz and Evandro, who are injured, to define the tactical scheme of the team. But he has the devotion of a group that understood his proposal to play offensively, even though he has a much more modest team than his rival from Rio de Janeiro.

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