With last Sunday’s victory against Corinthians, Palmeiras’ unbeaten sequence in the Brazilian championship extends to nine: seven victories (Paraná Clube, Vasco da Gama, Vitória, Botafogo, Chapecoense, Atlético-PR, Corinthians) and two draws (América-MG, Internacional). It also marked coach Scolari’s 200th victory for Palmeiras, a feat only reached by two other Palmeiras coaches: Oswaldo Brandão (341) and Vanderley Luxemburgo (221). In total, Felipão has commanded Palmeiras on 419 occasions.
The key to Palmeiras’ recent success lies in the drastically improved defence: only two goals conceded in the last 13 games. This interval includes a streak of nine games without suffering a goal – the second best streak in Palmeiras’ history, only surpassed by the 1987 record suit of 12 matches. Felipão has been instrumental, but equally important has been his assistant, Paulo Turra, during training sessions always paying close attention to the defensive line, correcting positioning.
Speaking of matches: last Sunday, fullback Victor Luis played his 75th game for the Palmeiras A team. At the club since age eleven, the 25-year-old has been on loan to other clubs three times, to gain experience: Porto (2012), Ceará (2015) and Botafogo (2016-2017). This season, Victor Luis is giving Diogo Barbosa heads-on competition for the spot in Palmeiras’ starting-eleven.
According to “Footstats”, Palmeiras is the team having suffered the most fouls so far in this year’s Brasileirão: 427 infractions, an average 18.57 fouls per game. Second-placed Bahia have suffered 401 fouls and Vitória, 400. Palmeiras also dribble the most: 169 times against 148 for Santos and 142 for Botafogo. In addition, the Verdão heads the ranking of turnovers, a total of 567, against 518 for second-placed Flamengo.
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