Flamengo's Ronaldinho has vowed that the team will put a poor start to 2012 behind it, and foresees an excellent campaign in the upcoming Campeonato Brasileiro for the Rio de Janeiro giants.
A disappointing showing in the Carioca State Championship for the Fla was compounded by a shock elimination from the Copa Libertadores group stage. The club was the only Brazilian outfit not to progress to the last 16, as it was dumped out by Lanus and Emelec to heap pressure on coach Joel Santana.
According to the former Barcelona and AC Milan star, however, there is far more to come from Flamengo as it hopes for a much-improved showing in the Brasileirao.
"You can expect a different Flamengo. We did well last year, we achieved our objective of putting Flamengo in the Libertadores and great expectations were generated. We ended up disappointing and disappointed," the playmaker admitted to TV Fla.
"The second half of the season is here to turn things around and play an excellent Brasileiro like last year's."
Ronaldinho joined Flamengo at the start of 2011 on a free transfer from Milan, and he continued to praise the club and its fans for the wonderful reception they have given him.
"It has been special from the very first day, because of how the Carioca people have treated me, especially the Flamengo fans. We won the Campeonato Carioca unbeaten [in 2011], and scored a lot," he explained.
"Every Brazilian dreams of playing for Flamengo, because of the club's history. I always pictured myself in the Flamengo shirt."
Ronaldinho has played a total of 94 games for the Brazil national team, scoring 33 goals and lifting the 2002 World Cup as part of the Selecao.
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