Sampaoli reveals the Brazilian striker who asked Monchi

It didn’t take Jorge Luis Sampaoli three weeks to have a new team, and a powerful one at that, after being sacked at Sevilla. The Argentine coach will make his debut at the helm of Flamengo now This same Wednesday, in the Copa Libertadores and against Ñublense from Chile. He will do it in the Maracana, a clash corresponding to the day of Group A of the Libertadores.

There is avidity in the media and the fans of the rubro-black team to know which striker Sampaoli will line up in his debut, who left some clue of his preferences and a revelation when talking about Gabriel Barbosa, Gabigol: he asked Monchi last winter market : “I faced Gabigol when he was at Santos and Atlético Mineiro and we suffered a lot with his goalscoring ability, which we recognized in him. I sent him to Sevilla and it was not possible. The player, being well, makes us add points. In that, basically, he can help me. Earn and score points through your effectiveness. We will try to help him also to help us.”

After the dismissal of Vitor Pereira, the interim coach, Mário Jorge, lined up Gabigol, leaving the World Cup player Pedro on the bench. “Both played very well with Dorival (Junior) last season. Each game is different, that one time you can be there, but the next time you don’t. If they give you the chance to complement each other, welcome, because they are very important in front of the goal; if not, they will have to take turns in the games, or play one or the other. B.Basically, for me, it is that the best play, well, those that can complement each other on the pitch,” he said.

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Still 26 years old, Gabriel Barbosa Almeida, Gabigol, He has already taken several jumps from the Charco since in 2013, when he was very young, Inter paid Santos 30 million for him. After being transferred to Benfica, Santos himself and Flamengo, the Rio team acquired him in 2020 for around 17 million euros. But he hasn’t stopped scoring goals and speculation has returned to a return to Europe, with Sevilla among the candidates.

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