Luxemburgo Under Heavy Pressure

Vanderlei Luxemburgo is a man under pressure at the moment after his Flamengo team are bottom of the Brazilian football table after 13 matches in the season. The club recently brought an end to the disastrous run of form after 1-0 win over Botafogo. However, they were unable to sustain the positivity after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Chapecoense on Monday night. This has left the team three points adrift of safety and with a hugely inferior goal difference. Luxemburgo says that the players must have performed much better than they have done so far.

It will be interesting to see if Luxemburgo’s decision to blame the players will have an effect in the upcoming matches. The team hosts the match against Sport Recife next week. In the match against Botafogo, home advantage played a crucial role in getting the three points. It could prove vital once again, as the club look to get out of the relegation zone. Flamengo have not been going through a bad run of form only in the last few weeks. They have managed just two wins out of the 13 matches played since the start of the season. The likes of Cruzeiro already have close to a 20 point advantage over Flamengo.

“The players must understand that they must get the club out of this situation that they have put it into. We have 10 points and we need 37 points to avoid relegation. That means we need 47 percent of the 78 points still available. That’s our Championship,” said the Flamengo manager. Given the short-term nature of Brazilian managers come eight would not be surprising to see Luxemburgo out of the job in the next few weeks if results are not improve. The upcoming match against Sport Recife will be difficult since the opponents of challenging for a Copa Libertadores spot.