Palmeiras 0-2 Sport – Robin Hood would be proud

Palmeiras are specialising in the worst kind of predictability: defeat against opponents who should tremble when stepping on our pitch and weep upon leaving it.

So far in the 2015 Brazilian championship, SPORT HAD NOT WON A SINGLE AWAY GAME. Palmeiras took care of that, with their “take from the rich and give to the poor” predisposition, slumping down to seventh in the tables instead of securing a spot in the top four.

Palmeiras sum four defeats in the last five games. Two consecutive defeats at home. Pressure is mounting fast and Wednesday’s second leg against Fluminense is transforming into a potential turning point for Marcelo Oliveira’s future at Palmeiras.

Not that Palmeiras played that bad today, but it was one of those nights when the game can last 180 or 270 minutes and the ball will not find the net. Egídio, Allione, Mouche wasted heaps of opportunities. Cristaldo idem, but at least showed tremendous fighting spirit. On the whole, it’s hard to pinpoint specific players: the collective isn’t clicking – not in offense and particularly not in defence. And although Palmeiras are experiencing unusual high absence of key players due to injury, one cannot deny that Marcelo Oliveira is struggling. As this is Brazil, the script is clear: fast results or walk the plank. I already see sensible palmeirenses discussing who should be the club’s next coach.

In the last few years Palmeiras have had Luxemburgo, Scolari, Muricy Ramalho, Marcelo Oliveira. Upon arrival, they were considered among the best. They all failed (not Oliveira, yet). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the coach is not the problem, but as the coach is never allowed to stay, the root causes never become evident, much less properly addressed.

Wednesday, everything is on the line.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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