Most often, anxiety keeps us from getting a correct reading on things. However, not even the blind are oblivious to what is happening right now at Palmeiras.
# Squad is 100% united.
# The goal is set: the Brazilian championship title, last won by Palmeiras in 1994.
# Players and coach Cuca display complete synergy in every act and speech.
# Supporters – all supporters – are behind the team in every sense of the word.
Saturday morning, hundreds of supporters gathered outside Palmeiras’ training facilities with instruments, banners, smoke and fireworks in a magnificent display of love and affection. As gates opened up to release the player’s bus after training practice, it stopped, and the squad got out, giving the gathered supporters a standing ovation.
Everyone in the squad wants this title badly. For themselves, and for the collective. Dudu, after yesterday’s clash against Internacional – one more of those hard-fought crucial victories – cried on the pitch. There is a genuine, emotional bond here, and it grows stronger by the day. Our players know how much this title means to us supporters, and they truly want us to have it.
As the final whistle blew and the Allianz Parque erupted in cheers, the squad formed a kneeling circle, at the centre of the pitch, taking a moment of serenity in the middle of all the havoc. A moment of serenity, giving thanks to one more victory, while also reminding themselves that there are four more rounds to go, and that nothing is yet won.
Which is not quite correct. This squad, Cuca, all the staff, the directors… They have all won our respect.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!