Tomorrow Wednesday, Palmeiras play Coritiba for the sixteenth round of the Brazilian Championship, but it’s only Verdão’s fifteenth game, as the clash against Vasco da Gama in the first round remains unplayed.
In the first fourteen matches, Palmeiras accumulated 22 points, with five victories, seven draws and two defeats. Since our last review, Palmeiras lost their unbeaten streak and have won only one out of five matches in the Brazilian League. The football displayed remains poor and the results have been accordingly.
A defeat against Coritiba would give Luxemburgo and Co. the worst start since the ‘reboot’ Palmeiras experienced in 2015. On the other hand, a victory would make this year’s campaign better than the title campaign of 2018. When compared to previous fifteen seasons, a victory against Coritiba would make it the seventh best, while a defeat would push it down four positions, to eleventh.
It’s important to note the excessive number of draws Palmeiras have in this year’s edition. Although a draw against Coritiba would make this year’s campaign the 2nd best in number of defeats, it would also be the 4th worst in terms of victories, only surpassing the campaigns of 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Up until the tenth round, Palmeiras’ football was poor, but the results were actually good; with other title contenders struggling, Palmeiras still had a serious shot at winning the title. Now, Flamengo have returned to winning mode and Atlético Mineiro is building consistency. Already eight points behind the leaders, nothing suggests Palmeiras will improve in performance and start closing the gap. It will take nothing short of a small revolution, as in 2018, to allow palmeirenses to dream about an 11th Brazilian League title. The question is: can Luxemburgo conduct such a revolution, or must the club’s directors look elsewhere? A vast majority of supporters made up their minds long ago.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi
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