Vanderlaan is optimistic about the Libertadores final fans


Credit: Fabio Menotti/Palmeiras

After losing at half-time last Saturday, Palmeiras drew 2-2 away to Bragantino and remain top of Brasileira with 51 points. This Sunday, the delegation was back at the Football Academy, changing the bracket and aiming for Tuesday’s Libertadores semi-final against Atlético Paranaense. Wanderla told the side that the group is focused on turning the score around.

“This is a good moment for me, I feel that I have the trust of Abel, the coaching staff, my teammates. I played good games, I developed, which is the most important thing, and I was able to help the Palmeiras team. Confidence is the same. We’ve had some tough games and we know what we have to do to get there. The whole group is closed, confident and with the same goal of reaching another Libertadores final.”

For the match, manager Abel Ferreira will still be without midfielder Danilo, who will serve the second game of his suspension, having been suspended in the quarter-finals against Atletico Mineiro. The other suspect is midfielder Rafael Veiga, who is recovering from an injury to his right ankle. The Hurricanes will have two victims after winning 1-0 in Curitiba. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and midfielder Hugo Moura were fired at the match. Assistant Paulo Turra will replace Felipao on the bench.

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