September 25, 2023

Understand the three reasons that explain Abel Ferreira’s first crisis in Palmeiras | Palm trees

current stage of Palm trees And the protests of the fans in the stands after the elimination in the Brazilian Cup led to the continuation of the first major crisis in the era of Abel Ferreira.

Of course, press on Palm trees It is very different compared to other Brazilian clubs. However, it was the team’s current performance under Abel that made the moment a strong upset.

Henrique Toth and Thiago Ferri analyze Palmeiras’ moment

Since arriving in Brazil in November 2020, Abel has won eight titles Palm trees. It also cemented the brand’s great gameplay and style: losing a few games.

By comparison, between November 2021 and April 2023, Palm trees He had just nine defeats in 100 matches, with 66 wins and 25 draws. Usage was 74%.

In 2023, until now, Palm trees He played 43 matches, winning 25, drawing 11 and losing 7 times. 79 goals were scored and 36 goals were conceded. Verdão won two titles in the year: the Brazilian Super Cup and Campeonato Paulista.

Abel Ferreira in training at Palmeiras – Photo: Cesar Greco/AG Palmeiras

Expelled from the Brazilian Cup against Sao Paulo, 12 points behind leaders Botafogo in the Brazilian Championship, and Verdao is still competing for CONMEBOL Libertadores. The opponent in the quarter-finals will be Atlético MG.

Below, ge outlines three reasons that may explain the unusual crisis it has experienced Palm trees.

Abel Ferreira doesn’t have a whole host of options. With several players promoted from the core classes boosted, the coach has been looking for internal solutions to specific problems that crop up throughout the season.

Currently, taking into account the players listed on the club’s website, the Palm trees He has 25 players on the team. But the number could go down, as goalkeeper Vinicius Silvestre has to move to Portuguese football in the coming days.

Palmeiras players in the derby match against Sao Paulo – Photo: Marcos Riboli

In terms of the team that started the season, the Palm trees Trade midfielder Bruno Tabata and forward Rafael Navarro. Along with them, defender Kocevic, defensive midfielder Danilo and midfielder Gustavo Scarpa left the club at the beginning of the year.

Of the players on the list, defensive midfielder Atwista is recovering from a knee ligament injury and will only return at the end of the season. See the current list below. Palm trees:

  • Goalkeepers: Weverton, Marcelo Lumpa and Vinicius Silvestre;
  • aspects: Marcos Rocha, Mike, Bequerez, Vanderlan, and Garcia;
  • Defenders: Gustavo Gómez, Luan, Murillo and Naves;
  • Midfielders: Gilson, Z Rafael, Gabriel Menino, Richard Rios, John John, Atwista and Fabinho;
  • Attackers: Dudu, Rooney, Indrik, Brino Lopez, Lopez and Artur.

As the splint gets thinner and thinner, the Palm trees They haven’t moved in the market to replace some important losses for the team. So far, there have been only two signings: midfielder Richard Rios and striker Artur.

Thiago Ferry analyzes the situation at Palmeiras: “It is clear that the team lacks players”.

– Hey Palm trees Barros said he plans and knows what he needs to look for, but we have to be calm so we don’t rush.

Anderson Barros: “We know we need to find new parts”

Another reason aggravating the bad phase of Palm trees It is the instability of the key players. Ahead of the Champions, some of the big names in the cast are going through a moment farther from what they experienced until recently.

Rafael Vega is one example. Despite being Verdão’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, the midfielder has not performed well in recent matches, coincidentally after returning to being called up to defend the Brazilian national team in friendly matches. The player did not score for nearly two months and even missed a penalty kick, which is rare in his career, in their loss to Botafogo in Brazil.

Murilo and Gustavo Gomez in Palmeiras training at the Football Academy – Photo: Cesar Greco/Palmeiras

Instability also affects Dodo. That’s just three goals a year in 38 games. The No. 7 shirt fluctuated more than usual and was unable to engage in a good sequence in attack, even with Arthur arriving and keeping Rooney as a striker.

Another negative point that can be highlighted is defense. Gustavo Gómez, for example, in addition to being the central point of a solid sector, also had set pieces as a differential. Last year, he and Murilo scored 11 goals each and broke a record in the club’s history.

Gomez and Murillo formed the team’s starting pair Palm trees In 60 matches, with 37 wins, 17 draws, 6 defeats, 46 goals conceded and 27 matches without a goal net. In their last seven matches, Verdão’s defense, which now includes Paraguay alongside Luan, has failed to score just once.

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