Not much to say concerning the derby. It was an ugly game. Uninspiring. Two teams with little creativity but where Palmeiras, deservedly, drew the shorter straw. Third straight loss for Gareca in the Brasileirão.
This coming Wednesday an – excuse me now – utterly worthless game against Italian side Fiorentina in this “EuroAmerican Cup”. The cup is a competition between Europe and the Americas, where each victory awards a point to a continent. Europe is currently winning 4-1, as Monaco (France) first beat Junior Barranquilla and then Atlético Nacional (both from Colombia); Fiorentina beat Argentinian side Estudiantes; Alianza Lima (Peru) beat Valencia (Spain) on penalties, and Atlético de Madrid beat San Jose Earthquakes also on penalties. As the tournament progresses, we have another four games:
29/07: Universidad Católica (Chile) x Valencia (Spain)
30/07: América (Mexico) x Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
30/07: Palmeiras (Brazil x Fiorentina (Italy)
02/08: Universitário (Peru) x Fiorentina (Italy)
Thus, “Europe” needs just one more victory the secure the title. Isn’t it exciting?
Agustín Allione has signed a five-year contract with Palmeiras. He comes to urgently remedy Palmeiras’ lack of creativity on the midfield and is expected to occupy the right flank while Wesley drops to the left. Wesley – who has been ridiculous to watch the last three, four months – will hopefully react positively with an inspiring and talented player by his side. If not, it’s good-bye: his contract is soon ending and his paycheck is over the top, especially considering his recent contributions.
Palmeiras are negotiating with a handful of other players, but we need to see some signatures sooner than later, giving Gareca time to integrate the new elements and make Palmeiras competitive for the remainder of the season. With Palmeiras occupying 13th place in the tables but only three points from the relegation zone, nobody should be needing a wake-up call.
Sorry for today’s lame post.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!