Ahead of yesterday’s Brazil Cup debut against Vitória da Conquista, three questions dominated discussions: Exactly in how poor a state is the pitch of the Bahia team? Are Vitória in any condition to surprise Palmeiras? Is there any truth to the gossip that Palmeiras prefer a victory by no more than one goal in order to secure a return game and more revenues?
Well, the pitch was indeed in a criminal state. And Vitória did put up a good fight, even reaching the equalizer, before succumbing as Palmeiras – decimated due to Arouca having been sent off for the first time in eight years – went into overdrive. Finally, as for the “Palmeiras are more concerned about revenues than about winning” nonsense… Highlights below.
On Saturday, Palmeiras receive Bragantino for the eighth round of the Paulistão. Four players are out: Alan Patrick, with a smaller muscular problem to the back of his left thigh; suspended Victor Hugo and Robinho; and Valdivia, still in recovery but expected to intensify training with the ball next week. Saturday we should see Zé Roberto and perhaps Rafael Marques in the starting eleven. And why not Nathan?
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!