Football (only in Brazil?) is very volatile. The biggest team in South America, after a draw (which earned a spot) and a defeat, turned a zebra for the Libertadores final.
If you get there, of course. Palmeiras still need to discount a 1 x 0 advantage from Hurricane, while Flamengo beat Velez 4 x 0 and can use the sub anything at Maracanã.
Indeed, Flamengo is on the rise. And playing a lot. But despising Palmeiras can be fatal.
Many red-black fans don’t even talk about Libertadores. They are numbered fava beans, as Aunt Glorinha would say. They are regretting the delay in firing Paulo Sousa. Had Flamengo been faster in decision making, the team would already have the Brazilian in the loop.
Now, is it never Palmeiras’ merit?
Did Flamengo make a mistake in keeping Paulo Sousa? In hiring Paulo Sousa?
Palmeiras agreed to renew with Abel. And hiring Abel.
Merit of Palmeiras.
And the beauty of Flamengo?
It’s going very well, thank you, but it’s always good to remember that there are many ways to be champions, many ways to win. And Palmeiras has theirs. Or rather, it has its own. It has strong defense. It has a high level set ball. It has a very strong transition game. There’s Weverton There’s Scarpa. There’s Rafael Veiga…
It has everything to be champion!
Except, in the minds of the hurried ones, favoritism.