Fluminense vs Atlético Nacional, Thursday’s game for the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
The problem, that was becoming chronic to create chances of scoring, not turning them into balls-in-the-net, which Fluminense had been presenting, had on Saturday, May 18, a favourable evolution.
In a match for the fifth round of the Brazilian Cup, the tricolor thrashed Cruzeiro in the Maracanã, by 4 to 1, reaching six points and rising to thirteenth in the table of classification of the tournament.
The game was played less than 72 hours after a clash involving the same teams, also in Maracanã, for the first leg of the Copa do Brasil in which, although Fluminense finished 20 times against only one of Cruzeiro, there was a 1-1 draw.
Also, with the goal of the tricolor having been scored already into added time in the second part of the game.
The Brazilian Paulo Autuori, coach of Atlético Nacional, started the season with a position in the soccer management in Fluminense.
He could not withstand the administrative debacle of the tricolor and left the club to assume the position in the Colombian team, which had the possibility to reach a place in the Copa Libertadores of America. He Failed.
He fell in the play-offs against Libertad, from Paraguay, but he “inherited” a place in the Copa Sudamericana. Therefore, he will make his debut in the competition already in the second phase.
Autuori is not the only known by the Brazilian public. Argentina’s Hernan Boas, who played for Grêmio, Cruzeiro and Palmeiras, is the main striker of Atlético Nacional, who is in the playoffs dispute for the Apertura Tournament of the Águila League, the first round of the Colombian Championship. However, it does not go well.
On Sunday, May 19, playing at home, they were defeated by Deportivo Cali, by 3 to 1, in a match for the last round of the first leg of the quadrangular tournament, which will qualify the two finalists.
With one single point, they are in the last position of group B, which is led by Tolima and Atlético Júnior, who have five points.
There is not much doubt about what will happen tactically in this confrontation. The two coaches maintain a set game defined by a search pattern for possession of the ball.
In the case of the Colombians, they have a more defensive bias. The goal is to try to take the decision of the showdown to the second game at home. It will be up to Fluminense to seek the acceleration of the rhythm in the search to pierce the defensive blockade.
The Carioca team has shown progress in this direction and, in a way, makes the prognostic lean into their victory as the best option for Thursday’s game for the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.