Many factors compose tonight’s equation in the important game against Universitário de Sucre for the South America Cup: high altitude (making players more tired and even nauseous, in addition to influencing ball aerodynamics), the poor conditions of the pitch (normally benefits less technically skilled players), the wind… Ah, and, of course, the opponent. Universitário de Sucre is currently resting at 10th place in the Bolivian championship – in theory an indicator as good as any that Palmeiras isn’t facing the strongest of opponents. Then again: the Bolivian team is obviously considering this game the opportunity of the year. Palmeiras better be on its toes.
The squad has been in the highlands since Monday morning, training hard. Felipão has been emphasising shots on goal and crosses. Hopefully we’ll see immediate results as of today, 21.15 (GMT-3).