The alviverde team came to open 2 to 0 on the scoreboard, but fell in production, led to a draw and was only able to get the positive result in the last move of the game, thus breaking a series of four games without victories.
The inconstancy has been following the team of Abel Ferreira since the beginning of the season, and so we took advantage of this scenario to ask the columnists of the following question: Sports: What explains the instability of Palmeiras in the season?
I don’t see the game against Universitario as a reflection of instability. I think that Palmeiras, like the other Brazilians in Libertadores, will pay the price for the insane schedule that they have been facing for almost a year and the short training time. Since the return of football in 2020, alviverde has played 74 matches. Most other South Americans played less than 50 times. In addition, Abel Ferreira has only five months in office – and he is the longest-lived Brazilian in the competition! It is unrealistic to expect teams to be consistent in this scenario. Even with all this and the usual pressure, Palmeiras won two great titles in this marathon and returned home yesterday with three points.
Although it does not seem, the season is at the beginning. Palmeiras and Grêmio closed 2020 with the final of the Brazil Cup. Oscillating is natural. And against Universitario the impression was that the team wanted to “rest” physically and mentally with the 2 to 0. Deconcentration, expulsion, two goals in a row. Any team would be lost with this “combo”. Palmeiras still found a goal to guarantee three fundamental points in a complicated group. Abel’s team has problems, the coach’s own emotional instability sometimes gets in the way of “pillaging” athletes against referees. But without time and with important games at a glance, corrections will come gradually, if there is support. The emergency solution is to leave Paulista, or use it for experiments and give minutes to reservations to run the cast more safely.
Despite having a defined game plan, Abel Ferreira has not yet found the ideal formation and, mainly, the midfielders and attackers. Nor did he receive the reinforcements he asked for so much, which ends up having a strong impact on the design of the work. All of this then generates a level of football far below that which Palmeiras can – and has already proven – produce. To make matters worse, a ‘noisy’ part of the crowd exaggerates the charges, thus increasing the pressure and critical tone of the analyzes.
It’s normal. With many games in a row, Palmeiras can sometimes not enter with its maximum strength. The bad games against São Paulo and Botafogo-SP cannot enter the account in any way given the lineup used. Against the University, the team controlled the match until having five minutes of mental breakdown that almost put everything to lose.
Do you want an absolutely frank answer? I DO NOT KNOW!
Abel Ferreira needs to find the ideal formation for 2021, while this does not happen the team should fluctuate. The idea of the game presented against Universitario was interesting, but I think it was used because of the many absences he had in Lima. And we have to forget Paulistão in any analysis that will be made of Palmeiras in the coming weeks.
I don’t think it’s unstable. It is stable at a level below what it can. The exception was the big game against Flamengo. Abel is making some decisions that will make the team better, including the exchange of Felipe Mello for Danilo.
I think there is a problem of trust there. Not so much for the results of the last games, but for the circumstance in which these results happened. Many decisive games in a row and some upsets that may have shaken the group’s confidence. A psychodrama that, if we analyze the events and the context, you can’t even find it strange. I think this kind of situation can be worked around by a skilled coach, and Abel is one of them.
Nobody expected much from Palmeiras last season. But, with the cups won, there was also the expectation of good football to be presented by the defending champion of America and the Copa do Brasil. And that has been a burden for Abel and his men, who have shown an intense emotional imbalance in the first games of the 2021 season.
Natural instability for those facing a massive calendar. Young people, even those with high quality, are even more vulnerable to irregularity. Then someone decides to make things worse, graffiti the wall and cover the pressure cooker.
Palmeiras has been an unstable team for some time. Just remember the match that you did against River, in Argentina, and the ball bath you took from the same opponent, on the way back, in Brazil. In the Libertadores final, he didn’t play well either. And what about the poor participation in the World Cup? This characteristic is repeated at the beginning of the season, with poor performances against Defensa y Justicia and very good against Flamengo. Speaking specifically of the dramatic victory in the Libertadores debut, I think there is even an explanation. He was playing well and with a comfortable score until Empereur was sent off and conceded the first goal. Then, he got out of control. But he still managed to win, which is what matters.
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This instability is normal for a club that has been competing in several championships at the same time, especially in this pandemic scenario. The oscillation is natural, especially because of the changes that Abel needs to make in the team to be able to handle this insane marathon. Against Universitario, the team started well, suffered a blackout and was hampered by the expulsion of Empereur, but had the strength to return with the three points there.
I think it is important to differentiate the natural instability of a work in progress and with little training time between one game and another, with the punctual instability of yesterday’s game. In front of the University, Palmeiras totally controlled the game and had five minutes of deconcentration punished in an unusual way. What happened in Peru is not exactly related to Palmeiras’ irregularity since the final stretch of the 2020 season.