Fortaleza 2-0 Palmeiras – vicious cycle

If supporters were expecting that Luxemburgo’s dismissal would be an incentive for our players, who were reportedly dissatisfied with the old coach, the game against Fortaleza showed that the problem is much worse.

The problems visible with Luxemburgo at the reigns continued, predominantly the lack of intensity. Fortaleza had at least four clear opportunities to score in the first half, Weverton brilliantly saving two of them, and the remaining two dying in the back of the net. In the second half, nothing changed, with both teams just waiting for the final whistle.

Weverton; Mayke (Wesley), Emerson Santos, Gustavo Goméz and Viña; Patrick de Paula (Willian), Gabriel Menino and Zé Rafael; Raphael Veiga (Danilo), Lucas Lima and Luiz Adriano (Veron).

Zé Rafael and Viña received yellow cards. Gustavo Goméz received two consecutive yellow cards in the dying minutes for complaining with the referee.

Green Light

Yellow Light
Patrick de Paula is already deserving a few matches on the bench. He could be seen a few times returning to the defense jogging, while the opponent was in full throttle. In the second goal, despite the bizarre interception of Mayke, if he was more vigilant, David wouldn’t have so much space to score.

Red Light
Miguel Ángel Ramírez, Heinze, Ceni, Guto Ferreira, Guardiola, Mourinho, etc. Whoever assumes Palmeiras’ coaching position, it is difficult to imagine a scenario where these players will return to display a good football.

Next Challenge
Palmeiras will have a break from the Brazilian League to face Tigre for the last round of the group stage of the Libertadores Cup, on Wednesday 21st. At least a defeat won’t be so hurtful, because Palmeiras are already classified, only fighting for the best overall campaign, which would probably be guaranteed with a simple victory.

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.



  1. Here I am again wondering why management sides with the players and not the manager (coach)

    This was not the time for a change, and it is so apparent. Another ill timed firing, in the beginning of league and the middle of the Libertadores.

    Another year down the drain due to the pressures from outside the arena.

    Long time reader, love your articles!

    1. Dear Rafa. You’re making a good point. But the shorter and faster route is always sacking the coach. Especially when the club is short on cash and don’t really have the financial muscle to aggressively hit the transfer market.

      Thanks for staying with us and the feedback, much appreciated!


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