Andre Santos knows that Carioca win can lead to other triumphsSantos has won 24 caps for Brazil
Flamengo defender Andre Santos has called on his teammates to concentrate on the pressing matter of the Campeonato Brasileiro after the club won their 33rd Carioca state championship at the weekend, seeing off vasco da gama in the process.
Ex-Arsenal left-back Santos told reporters: "There's no better thing than sitting here with a title, knowing that I've got a great year of battles and goals ahead."
"We have to have great intelligence and wisdom in these early games, then stay quiet for the stoppage during the World Cup."
On his own career, Santos commented: "Whenever I have self-criticism, I want to learn, even after a 15 year career, and correct my mistakes."
Flamengo get their Serie A title bid under way this weekend with a game against Goias in the national capital Brasilia.