The week ahead – destined for training as Palmeiras’ next game in the Paulistão only takes place this coming Sunday – should prove fruitful. Beating Sporting Cristal before drawing 2-2 against Corinthians yesterday (Sunday) were both good results and calmed the traditionally irritable palmeirense while certainly boosting morale of the squad. Kleina can look forward to a fair amount of peace while preparing the return of Valdivia in addition to the possible debut of striker Kleber. Also Tiago Real is recovered and could be an option on the midfield.
Yes, we have a squad. And they seem to be forming a team faster than most would have expected only weeks ago. There’s determination, there’s heart. And for us supporters, a rare room for optimism. Highlights from the derby below.