Palmeiras 1-3 Coritiba – end of the line for Vanderlei Luxemburgo

Another terrible exhibition, courtesy of our main players and a coach seemingly lost for ideas, resulted in Palmeiras’ third consecutive defeat and Luxemburgo’s dismissal.

Coritiba’s early goal put Palmeiras definitely off the track and Luxemburgo’s substitutions, already in the first half, were the prelude to a night to be forgotten. And although Veron decreased Coritibas lead by the end of the first half, no palmeirense was fooled.

Line-up
Weverton; Marcos Rocha (Rony), Felipe Melo, Renan and Lucas Esteves (Willian); Patrick de Paula (Danilo), Gabriel Menino and Zé Rafael (Ramires); Scarpa, Veron and Luiz Adriano (Raphael Veiga)

Zé Rafael, Felipe Melo and Veron received yellow cards.

Green Light
You kidding?

Yellow Light
It goes without saying that all of Palmeiras’ problems won’t be solved by a mere change of coach. Felipão and Mano left in the same fashion as Luxemburgo and the problems remained. Our directors don’t seem to have a plan for our future and whoever assumes Palmeiras will have a squad that has already seen (and contributed toward) two of the greatest coaches Palmeiras ever had throw in the towel.

Red Light
Final red light for Luxemburgo. His work was indeed hindered by a pandemic and a period without games never seen before, however, since the return of football in Brazil, Palmeiras performance got worse game by game. The title against Corinthians in the São Paulo state Championship was phenomenal! But that was it. Gradually, he lost his grip on the squad. Thank you Luxemburgo, but your time was up.

Who will be the next one? There are a lot of foreign names being speculated. Topic for a future post.

Next Challenge
Palmeiras travel to Ceará to face Fortaleza on Sunday 18th. Andrey Lopes, member of Palmeiras’ technical staff will command the team. Last year, he had two victories in two games after Mano left. Will he repeat the feat?

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.

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