The weekend was extremely emotional for Flamengo’s, since the club not only won the Copa Libertadores in dramatic fashion, but they also secured the Brazilian Serie A’s title this past Sunday.
Divine justice for Jorge Jesus?
After several upsets throughout his career as a manager, Jorge Jesus has had one of the happiest weekends ever, taking into consideration that he conquered two titles in two days, and he made history for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.
Besides having conquered a continental competition that was escaping the club for 38 years and a Brazilian Serie A title that was escaping them for a decade, the Portuguese manager was able to win those two competitions in the same season and that is something unprecedented in the history of the Brazilian club.
Basically, this is a dream season that will go down in Flamengo’s history and Jorge Jesus will be forever associated with the big accomplishments of the club from Rio de Janeiro.
In fact, some people say that this was to set the record straight due to the past of the Portuguese manager who had already suffered two painful losses in Europa League finals as the manager of Benfica.
Firstly he lost against Chelsea, conceding the losing goal in injury time, and then he lost against Sevilla.
Now, it was time to rewrite history with a win obtained on the last minutes of the match thanks to two goals from Gabriel Barbosa at the 88th and 92nd minutes.
Arriving at the right time
Naturally, a lot of Flamengo’s success this season is due to the quality and experience of Jorge Jesus as a manager. However, we can’t dissociate that success from the huge quality of the roster of the club from Rio de Janeiro.
Yes, when JJ took charge at the club he was 8 points away from the leaders of the Brazilian Serie A, but it was still at an early stage of the season and, as we saw, there was still a lot of time to shorten distances and even forge a great lead at the top of the standings.
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The quality of players such as De Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique or Gabigol was brilliantly supported by the experience of other players such as Filipe Luis, Rafinha, Rodrigo Caio or Diego Alves.
Besides that, the duo Gerson-Arão worked perfectly in Flamengo’s midfield as a propeller for the game of the team, with the Spanish central defender Pablo Marí and the creative captain Everton Ribeiro completed a starting line-up with extraordinary quality that deserved this continental achievement due to everything they’ve done throughout the season.
Can Flamengo hold on to Jorge Jesus?
Jorge Jesus will now have a dilemma at hand in the following months, since he will have the task of fighting for the FIFA Club World Cup in December, but after that he will go into sort of a reflection period with the intent of understanding if he should stay at the club.
The fact he has won the two most important competitions of South America football on a Brazilian perspective and still being able to aspire to something greater in the FIFA Club World Cup, should mean that the Portuguese manager feels he has completed his mission at the Ninho do Urubu.
As people usually say, once you reach the top, it’s always downhill from there, and that can be the case with Jorge Jesus, because, on the worst-case scenario, he might be able to repeat what he has already accomplished this year.
That way and taking into consideration the probable harassment from good European clubs after this success, there is a real possibility of seeing Jorge Jesus leave the club less than a year after his arrival, despite having elevated Flamengo’s level to thresholds they had never reached before.
Beating Liverpool would be the cherry on top…
But before thinking about a potential departure, Jorge Jesus should still have an attractive challenge in the month of December where he will try to win the Club World Cup.
Liverpool is the big favourite to win that competition, since they are the holders of the title of Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp has been making an excellent work in United Kingdom and he adopts a playstyle somewhat similar to the one implemented by Jorge Jesus, heavily focused on a more attacking football with a lot of pressure on the player holding the ball.
The English side is having an excellent start to the season and they are isolated in the lead of the Premier League, which means Jorge Jesus is already preparing how he will approach the match against the English side in less than a month.
Yes, to reach there he will need to win the encounter of the semi-finals against a team from a different continent that still isn’t known, but apparently, Fla and Reds are destined to face off in the great final of the competition that will decide what is the best club in the world in 2019.