Last Wednesday’s clash with Santos featured two distinct phases: the first seven minutes, where Palmeiras looked like nothing in the World could stop them; and the remaining 83 minutes, where Santos gradually went from supporting to leading roll, dominating the midfield and advancing with ease to prowl Prass’ territory. Although the first half in all fairness could be described as level, the second half left no doubt about Santos deserving the three points. The men in white, lead by Robinho, were more aggressive and better distributed on the pitch, showing impressive offensive qualities. Palmeiras had a bad night, with a few players, like Allione, performing well under standards and others, both in offense and defence, still searching for their ultimate positioning and better interaction with teammates.
It’s all about keeping the spirits up, train hard, improve positioning and prepare for the entries of Cleiton Xavier (and Valdivia?). This squad has good individual qualities, both in the starting eleven and on the bench: with a little more time it should come around nicely. Should. Pressure on coach Oswaldo de Oliveira will increase unless Palmeiras soon leave a classico victorious.
Sunday at 11:00, Palmeiras play XV de Piracicaba at the Allianz Parque. The game marks keeper Prass’ 100th appearance in our jersey.
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