Botafogo striker Mario Bolatti: We will not underestimate Flamengo this weekend
Argentine striker Mario Bolatti has called on his Botafogo teammates to concentrate fully on beating Flamengo this weekend, and not get carried away by the fact that their great rivals are propping up the Serie A table after 11 games.
Bolatti, who is on loan from Internacional, said ahead of Sunday's derby: "It's difficult to speak of the plight of another club, but I've been through similar situations."
"When a team goes through a phase like that, the group focuses more, and further when you have a classic ahead."
"A classic is different and we must prepare differently. Therefore, nobody thinks it will be an easy game."
Sunday's match will be held at the iconic Maracana in the biggest game since the World Cup final was hosted there on July 13; Flamengo need to win to avoid the prospect of getting left adrift at the bottom of the Brasileirao, whereas Botafogo will be desperate to compound their rivals' misery even further.