A rather calm and slightly confident atmosphere seems to have installed itself after the monstrous pre-election tension. Tirone and Frizzo are going about their business, learning more about the details (especially the financial ones) of the club and pointing out directions. In addition, last week’s two wins in the Campeonato Paulista – a confident 1-4 against Ituano followed by a 0-1 win against Oeste – have generously contributed to the (at least momentary) tranquility. True, the opponents can’t be considered strong, but Palmeiras came without playmakers Valdivia and Lincoln and even so managed to impose their game. Newly arrived right winger Cicinho got a great start against Ituano and received the thumbs up from supporters and coach Scolari alike. Luan has also proved an exclamation point so far, being transferred from his usual centred position to the deep left end of the pitch, serving the goal scorers with precise passes. Both Tinga and Kleber have been pulled down a tad, acting more as playmakers. Defensively, things are still a bit shaky without Pierre and Edinho (the former recovering from surgery and the latter now playing for Fluminense), but hopefully Palmeiras fill the position by signing with Chico, former Atlético-PR, within the next couple of days. Between the posts, Deola has been doing great, showing the same good form as he did in 2010. In any case, Marcos is again available if/when needed. The same goes for striker Adriano, just awaiting some final paper work in order to make his debut.
Palmeiras is placed 3rd at the moment, behind Santos and Americana. On Thursday, Paulista – currently in 4th position – is the opponent. The game takes place at the Pacaembu stadium. Surely, three more points for the Verdão would even further improve the vibe at the Palestra. Avanti!