On Saturday, Palmeiras play Bahia for the sixth round of the Brazilian Championship, but it’s only the green and white side’s fifth game, as the clash against Vasco da Gama in the first round was postponed.
In the first four matches, Palmeiras accumulated 8 points, with two victories and two draws. Despite a good score, the football displayed in the first three games rendered heavy criticism. This post is purely result-oriented and the discussion on how Palmeiras is playing will be left to another time.
A victory against Bahia, which would be the third consecutive, would give Luxemburgo and Co. the second best start Palmeiras ever enjoyed in the history of the Brazilian League, while a draw would take the team to nine points, the same as in 2014 and 2016, our third best initial campains to date.
Walking away with points against Bahia would mean a fifth consecutive game undefeated in the tournament. The only two times Palmeiras remained undefeated after the first five matches happened in 2011 (3V + 2D) and in 2019 (4V + 1D). On the other side of the spectrum, we have the 2006 and 2012 editions, in which Palmeiras didn’t win a single game in the five initial rounds.
The comparison with previous years shows that although performing a football that should – not to say must – improve, the results Luxemburgo has achieved so far are good. The perverse Brazilian cycle of swapping coaches after any sequence of three bad games needs to come to an end. Will Palmeiras have success in the long run? Is Luxemburgo the right man for the job? Only time will tell.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi
*Here at Anything Palmeiras, we love football. We love Palmeiras. We are always keen to see Palmeiras play, and keen to write about it for you. But we’re against the return of football in a country that still hasn’t controlled the coronavirus pandemic. We express our deepest sympathy to the families whose loved ones have been taken by the disease.