But there are problems that Abel Ferreira will need to solve before facing Flamengo, Sunday, at 11 am, in Brasilia, due to the decision of the Super Cup of Brazil.
The first one will only be solved with time, which is physical. This was the debut of the starting team in the 2021 season, after the recess period following the Copa do Brasil title. So it was natural that Verdão felt like it happened in Argentina, but for the next two games it will be necessary a more intense posture, a mark of Abel Ferreira’s team.
With less possession than the Argentine rival in the entire game, Palmeiras exaggerated the use of long balls, even having space to play in the midfield. Felipe Melo, Zé Rafael and Raphael Veiga failed to create and, especially in the case of the defensive midfielders, there was a great difficulty to follow the movement of the Defensa y Justicia attack on his back.
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After taking the lead in a vertical move, exploring Ron’s speed and star, Verdão struggled to fit in the counterattacks that marked the team last season. Always having trouble chasing his rival, he tied it up in a play he was involved in from the beginning, ending up on Felipe Melo’s back.
From the entries of Danilo, Patrick de Paula and Gustavo Scarpa in the places of the three midfielders, Palmeiras showed an improvement and reached the second goal in a well-hit foul by shirt 14. But the change made after the goal, leaving the right and left sides with two sides (Marcos Rocha and Mayke, Viña and Esteves), did not have the desired effect, and Defensa y Justicia pressed again.
The home team even reached a draw, but the move was canceled by an impediment at the beginning of the play, to the Argentines’ irritation.
Palmeiras, in the end, competed to bring a good result to Brazil, since it depends on just a tie on the next Wednesday, in Brasilia, to win Recopa, an unprecedented title in its history. The Argentine team, on the other hand, needs to win by two goals. Difference of one leads to overtime and penalties.
Still without the reinforcements for the attack that Abel Ferreira asked for, Verdão will have to find ways to solve shortages especially in the sector. In the absence of Luiz Adriano, Rony played the role of center forward well, but the Portuguese lost one of his fastest players to the side of the field.
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For the game against Flamengo, the coach must evaluate a change in the middle, as Felipe and Zé Rafael had difficulties together. As shirt 8 comes from a special pre-season for physical reconditioning, an alternative may be to take it off on Sunday and use Patrick de Paula or Danilo (or even both) to give more vitality to the sector.
The owners of Palmeiras started the season the same way they ended the last one: winning and fighting for titles. But there is a need for improvement for the next two decisions in Mané Garrincha, by Super Cup and Recopa.
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