Fluminense He traveled to Ecuador on Tuesday, where on Thursday he will be measured at Barcelona in the second leg for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores Libertadores Cup, urged for a victory, without two of his usual starters and with coach Róger Machado swinging at the threat of being dismissed.
After giving up a 2-2 draw last week in the first leg at the Maracanã stadium, Fluminense need an away win against Barcelona – or a draw by more than two goals – to advance to the semifinals of the Libertadores and avoid their elimination from the tournament.
The Rio de Janeiro team embarked for Guayaquil on Tuesday afternoon after a practice at their training center in Rio de Janeiro and with a delegation in which the attacker Caio Paulista and the midfielder Gabriel Teixeira were conspicuous by their absence.
Teixeira’s absence due to injury was practically confirmed before the trip, but that of Caio Paulista not so much since the forward, who is recovering from a muscle problem, was treated by the doctors with the intention that he could travel to Ecuador to solve the current problems of the Fluminense in the attack.
In the absence of Caio Paulista, it is most likely that Fluminense will re-align Luiz Henrique in the pair of attackers as a teammate of veteran Fred, the team’s scorer and who was booked at the end of the week so that he can be in full condition on Thursday. .
But Machado also has Uruguayan striker Abel Hernández as Fred’s teammate as an alternative.
The position of Teixeira is disputed by the Ecuadorian Juan Cazares and the veteran creative Nené after Paulo Henrique Ganso showed in his last performances that he is not yet in the necessary form.
The trip to Ecuador took place in the midst of an environment clouded by the versions that Róger Machado could lose his position if he returns from Ecuador without qualification due to the dissatisfaction of several leaders with his performance.
Machado’s position had already been swaying but his situation worsened after the 4-2 defeat that Fluminense conceded on Sunday during their visit to Internacional in a match for the Brazilian Championship.
The possible Fluminense line-up on his visit to Barcelona is as follows: Marcos Felipe; Samuel Xavier, Nino, Luccas Claro and Egidio (Danilo); Matheus Martinelli, André, Yago Felipe and Juan Cazares (Nené); Luiz Henrique (Abel Hernández) and Fred.