Released for his free time, Abel arrived in Portugal on March 12. After winning Libertadores and Copa do Brasil at the helm of the alviverde team, in addition to resting beside the family, the coach was decorated by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and granted a series of interviews.
With Brazil as the epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic, Abel found it difficult to embark on commercial flights to Portugal. So, a few days later than he imagined, he traveled in a plane provided by Leila Pereira, the same route adopted for the return.
During the absence of Abel Ferreira, led by assistant João Martins, Palmeiras beat São Caetano (3 x 0) and Ferroviária (2 x 0) and drew against São Bento (1 x 1). The three games were valid for the Campeonato Paulista, currently paralyzed by determination of the state government due to the pandemic of covid-19.
With the Argentine Defensa y Justicia as an opponent, already under the command of Abel Ferreira, Palmeiras dispute the Recopa finals on April 7 and 14, the first in Buenos Aires and the second, in principle, in Brasilia. On the 11th, also at the Mané Garrincha Stadium, the Alviverde team faces Flamengo, for the Super Cup of Brazil.
This Wednesday morning, with João Martins released for time off, auxiliaries Vitor Castanheira, Carlos Martinho and Andrey Lopes commanded the training. Palmeiras returns to work on the premises of the Football Academy at 10 am Thursday.
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