Impossible to underestimate the importance of yesterday’s three points against Coritiba.
In the early afternoon, supporters gathered at the Praça Sé – where Palmeiras were founded on 26 August 1914 – for a Centenary Party, organized by the Club. Various artists, palmeirenses, performed on the stage, mixing it up with the presence of former Palmeiras players. The afternoon ended with the Mancha Verde samba school’s drum section, leading the crowds to the Pacaembu where Palmeiras would receive Coritiba in the evening.
26.000 supporters on a Saturday night, with the team in the bottom of the tables, gave it their very best. On the pitch, players idem. And the bad spell – ten games in the Brasileirão without victory – was finally broken, propelling Palmeiras, at least momentarily, out of the relegations zone (with Flamengo beating Criciúma 0-2, we’re good unless Bahia play a trick on Atlético Paranaense), in addition to Coritiba coach Celso Roth out of Coritiba.
Will Gareca momentarily turn his attention away from the Brazilian championship, as Palmeiras Wednesday take on Atlético Mineiro in the Brazil Cup? Fighting relegation must be top priority, and he will need the best possible line-up against Internacional on Saturday. On the other hand, the Cup is the only thing allowing palmeirenses to dreams of continental play next season.
To finish things off: at Anything Palmeiras we normally avoid speculation, but there are unusually strong rumours regarding a certain player, reportedly very close to pulling on our jersey for the remainder of the season. If that’s the case, expect his outing on Tuesday afternoon/night. Motivated enough, he would certainly qualify the midfield of any Brazilian club. Once held in high regard by yours truly, his dubious character has shone through in recent years. If he’s brought in, he’d better respect Palmeiras from day one: we’ve had more than our share of expensive bums in the last few years.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!