With twelve athletes either recovering from injury or suspended, Dorival Junior’s chances of playing a trick on Fluminense Saturday were almost null. Anything but defeat would have been a treat for Palmeiras.
Nevertheless, the game was atypical. Especially in the second half, Palmeiras created numerous chances burn blew them all, some grotesquely so. On the other hand, Fluminense had three attempts at goal and surreally converted all three, admittedly with the help of Palmeiras’ shaky defence, and, in particular, keeper Fábio. It’s a shame, but the kid doesn’t cut it: almost every game he slips one through. Deola is the most likely solution until Prass makes his comeback – our number one keeper in the final stages of recovery after the surgery to his elbow.
Thanks to a combination of results, Palmeiras remain outside the relegation zone. But I quick look at the tables is enough to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Against Flamengo this coming Wednesday, Eguren and Victorino are also out due to suspension. On the other hand, Allione and Lúcio should be welcome reinforcements, possibly also Wendel and Marcelo Oliveira.
Every single game it’s do or die. Every single point. It’s sickening.