Just 13 days after the final of the Copa Libertadores, the scorer throbs what will be the crossing with River: "He is a very strong team. He has a lot of experience. He is the current champion of the Libertadores and is used to reaching the final. He is a very consolidated rival, really tough and we have to respect him. "
Gabigol, however, fully trusts the power of the Carioca team and knows that it has been an achievement to reach a final of Libertadores after 38 years: "He had spent too much time without being in the final for a club as big as Flamengo."
With his good performances, the 23-year-old forward was again considered to integrate the squad of the Brazil National Team, although he will not be present in the friendly against Argentina since he was released by the coach to prepare for the final of the contest.
In addition to the Cup, Gabigol believes that Flamengo must also win the Brasileirao, a tournament he hasn't won for 10 years.
"Now we are focused on the Brazilian league; in the next meeting, and then the next one. We have to try to sign good performances so that, when the 23rd day arrives, everyone is in good shape and with confidence," he said.
Gabriel Barbosa is the scorer of the Copa Libertadores with eight goals, while also leading the local tournament with 19 scores.