The victory by just 1-0 against Emelec yesterday may not have filled the eyes of the fans, but what Palmeiras has been building under Abel Ferreira is greater than the results on the field.
And the results on the field are a 100% campaign and record goals, in this Libertadores 2022.
I’ve already talked about the difficult integration of a team that is disfiguring with the rotation and even on the emotional side, how it is impossible to sustain a certain level of focus for so long. With the team already ranked first in their group, the pace really drops. You can’t just wait for a rout.
But what caught my attention yesterday at alviverde were Abel’s statements at the press conference. About Danilo and about the surprise 9 announced yesterday, Miguel Merentiel.
“He [Merentiel] showed a lot of desire to come. It has characteristics of depth, more treble. I don’t like center forwards who wait for the ball, I like furniture. But we are still looking for someone else who can help us in the function.”
And he went further: “You want renowned players who come here to finish their careers. I don’t want them to come to finish their careers. I want players who are hungry to continue growing in their careers… Like this kid who is here beside me. “
Who was on his side was Danilo, who credited his arrival in the national team to the Portuguese commander: “I think I was called up because he gave me the opportunity to assume my role and help my team”. It was so cute, that the technician amended a “Puxa-saco”, for the joy of those present.
On the day of a signing that no one expected, of a player that most of them barely knew, Abel Ferreira did what Abel Ferreira does: conscious caresses. I want you. I see you. I’m here to help you. Recalling that days ago, at the press conference after the victory over Red Bull Bragantino and when faced with questions about Rony, he sent one: “Some like it, others don’t. I love him”.
And he made a point of remembering that the athlete “sacrifices” himself for the team: “We have a borrowed centre-forward, Rony. If you ask him where he likes to play the most, he’ll say: ‘Professor, I like to play there more in 7’ You like it, but the team needs you there. Last year there was an offer of six million euros to take this one to Europe and I asked: ‘Please don’t take this player from me'”.
Who doesn’t like to feel valued, important, loved, especially when doubts keep coming, from inside or outside? Sure, it’s a motivational technique to keep people happy. It is also a human gesture, of empathy, of affection and, why not, of love.