XV de Piracicaba 1-4 Palmeiras

Hardly a better timing for a convincing away win. After a rather stale first half, Vítor Hugo finding the net only in the dying minutes, the game fired up considerably in the second half, with Jesus x 2 and Alecsandro also getting on the scorecard. The result provides confidence and tranquillity ahead of the upcoming sequence of four home games: two Paulistão games (Ferroviária this Sunday and Capivariano the following) and two Libertadores Cup clashes (Rosario next Thursday and Nacional on 9 March).

While still on the pitch, a reporter asked midfielder Robinho if this was the “real Palmeiras”, or if the level of performance of the last games – all draws – was still to be expected. Robinho’s message was clear: We need to improve, and we are improving. Poor coach Marcelo is taking quite a beating from people who don’t see how hard he works. Marcelo has the absolute confidence of the squad, and if things don’t always work out as planned, one must also look at the players, who might not be carrying out their tasks in the manner the coach intended.

It’s coming together. Just wait and see.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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