Sat, 31 Oct 2020

QUITO, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Flamengo vice president Marcos Braz has publicly backed manager Domenec Torrent amid speculation about the Catalan's future with the reigning Brazilian and South American champions.

Torrent, who replaced Jorge Jesus as the Rubro-Negro head coach in August, has endured a tempestuous start to his spell at the Rio de Janeiro club.

The former assistant to Pep Guardiola has overseen five wins, two draws and four losses, the same number of defeats suffered by the team in the entire 2019 Brazilian Serie A season.

Pressure on the 58-year-old escalated on Thursday following Flamengo's 5-0 Copa Libertadores defeat to Independiente del Valle in Ecuador.

"The board is united and there has been no discussion about Dome's position. It hasn't even been considered," Braz told reporters on Saturday.

Despite Thursday's result, Flamengo are second in their Libertadores group with six points from three matches but with a negative goal difference. The Rubronegro remained in Ecuador after the clash in Quito to prepare for Tuesday's fixture against Barcelona SC in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil.

He insisted the club would keep faith in Torrent, who worked alongside Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City before taking charge of New York City in 2019.

"We didn't make any mistake by hiring him and there have been no broken promises from Dome [about changing Flamengo's playing style]," Braz said, adding that Flamengo's hectic fixture list had left Torrent with little time to implement his ideas.

"The fans are right to complain, but we have to consider factors like the limited time the coach has had and the training possibilities," he added.

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