Frightened by the numbers of the pandemic in Brazil, the Portuguese coach declared that it is necessary to forget clubism and rivalry to fight the pandemic
The Coach Abel Ferreira stated that he fears an outbreak of Covid-19 in the palmeirense squad after the tie in 2 to 2 with Corinthians, club that diagnosed 19 infected with the new coronavirus last Tuesday, 2. In a press conference after yesterday’s match, held at Neo Química Arena, for the second round of the Paulista Championship 2021, the Portuguese also said he was frightened by the numbers of the pandemic in the Brazil, in addition to the lack of control by the authorities.
“I’m afraid, I’m afraid (an outbreak at Palmeiras). I had a conversation with our director. I preferred to play against Corinthians with maximum strength, classics are good for that. But more than talking about what happened at Corinthians, I want to talk about it in general ”, commented Abel Ferreira. “When I got here, I was amazed. In Europe we had two lockdowns, which was just staying at home. When I got here I saw that, in fact, the rules had to be stricter. It scares the amount of dead. I am passionate about football, but lifeless football is nothing. What I can say is that we are responsible. It scares me when I turn on the newspaper and see the news, the crowded hospitals. We have to forget clubism, rivalry, and fight for a cause. Covid is a rival that has no pity, that kills ”, added the coach.
As for the game, Abel Ferreira stated that the heavy rain was decisive for Palmeiras to lose the 2-0 advantage and suffer the tie, classifying the end of the game as a “crack”. “It was decisive (the rain). Whoever was at home saw it. We had two games. A game until 30 minutes, where we were superior, and then when the rain came. Just see how our opponent scored the goals, he adapted well. The rain has a direct influence on the characteristics of the team we had on the field, our environment likes to work the ball more, to play, to build, it is not a midfield with a ball at the top, with second balls ”, he analyzed. “When the game became more physical, with second balls, then our opponent was better and scored two goals. The first because of the condition of the pitch, which was my main concern, my fear was that we might have injuries. It was a crack, my biggest fear was an injury, ”he added.