It wouldn’t be Palmeiras unless paired with the strongest emotions. Last week in the Paulistão, a chocking 6-2 defeat against Mirassol. Never in the club’s 99 years have a keeper of ours fetched the ball six times from the back of the net within the first 45 minutes. Against Mirassol? Utter humiliation.
Then, last Saturday, Palmeiras played badly against Linense but were able to bag the three points due to an injury-time goal.
Last Tuesday, against Argentine team Tigre in the Libertadores Cup, anything could be expected. Personally, I wouldn’t have known how to place my bet. But what we saw was a team that delighted us, not primarily through technical brilliance but for players wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Our supporters responded by not pause the cheering for a single minute. Tigre were dominated from start to finish, and this by a crippled Palmeiras, forced into substituting the many players residing in the medical department for the young , home-grown breed: no less than ten of them composing the squad on the night. With the 2-0 score, Palmeiras are very much alive in the continental competition, now looking to beat Libertad from Paraguay in next Thursday’s clash at the Pacaembu stadium. Expect a massive turnout.
However, before next week’s Libertadores, Palmeiras on Sunday face Ponte Preta, in Campinas. With renewed confidence and possibly a couple of players back from injury, I say Palmeiras again bag the three points. How about a 6-2, just like in the Paulistão of 1995?
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!