After the 1-0 victory over Red Bull Bragantino, Palmeiras is now fully preparing for the game against São Paulo, Sunday (4), at the Mineirão stadium, worth the title of the Brazilian Super Cup 2024. With one day to go less rest than his rival, Abel Ferreira decided to spare his main players already projecting Choque-Rei. Therefore, the likely lineup has some clues.
Weverton, Gustavo Gómez, Mayke, Piquerez, Raphael Veiga, Zé Rafael and Rony were not even listed for the duel in Bragança Paulista. Therefore, it is certain that all of them will have a guaranteed presence in the starting eleven. While Marcos Rocha, Murilo, Richard Ríos and Flaco López were on the bench.
The question remains whether Abel will again use the full-back position, with Rocha forming the trio of defenders and Mayke acting as a spiky winger. Aníbal Moreno, who quickly won the ‘heart’ of the Palmeiras fans, played the 90 minutes yesterday and the tendency is for him not to be among the starters at the weekend. Thus, the midfield should be formed by Zé Rafael, Richard Ríos and Raphael Veiga.
In attack, Rony is a guaranteed presence and everything suggests that he will be joined by Flaco López. The Argentine, who has been on a streak with Abel Ferreira, scored in the last two matches. Yesterday, he left the bench in place of Breno Lopes to guarantee the victory over Massa Bruta.
“I’m very happy to always be able to help the team, it was a difficult game, but you always have to be prepared to play, whether it’s five or 90 minutes. Happy for the opportunity that Abel has given”, said the striker, in an interview with TNT Sports.
In this way, the probable Palmeiras lineup against São Paulo is as follows: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Gustavo Gómez and Murilo; Mayke, Richard Rios, Zé Rafael, Raphael Veiga and Piquerez; Rony and Flaco López.
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Cautious at the press conference, Abel Ferreira spoke about the duel with Thiago Carpini and what he thinks of São Paulo’s young coach.
“I think he is a young coach with a lot of ability. On Sunday we are there to help our clubs, it’s not me against anyone. It’s Palmeiras against São Paulo as it always has been. I know you like this rivalry, it’s not my problem”, he analyzed.
In the Paulistão 2023 final, Carpini and Abel were on opposite sides in the big decision. In the first game, Água Santa surprised Palmeiras, but was unable to stop Verdão in the return match, at Allianz Parque.