Authority collides with rebel within the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. With its titles and historical past, Palmeiras desires to maintain the brand new Colombian membership Deportivo Pereira so as, defying the foundations imposed by the South American giants within the Copa Libertadores de America.
On the one hand, Verdeao (Inexperienced) Palmeiras, champions twice within the final 4 years, can have beneath their baton what must be yet one more step of their aim of being the very best within the continent. However, Grande Matakana, with out bowing to any rival, is impressively progressing in his first historic participation within the Libertadores.
At residence on the Hernán Ramírez Villegas Stadium, he’ll look to win with efficiency, as he leaves golf equipment like Colo Colo from Chile and Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle on the highway. Additionally within the group stage, they beat Boca Juniors at residence and beat them at La Pamponera, the place they led 0-1 till the 89th minute, earlier than lastly dropping 2-1 on the ninetieth + ninth minute.
After turning into the massive shock of the continental match, Perera has every little thing to win. For the quarter-final conflict, a stage no Colombian staff has reached since 2016, when Atlético Nacional had been champions, tactician Alejandro Restrepo can have three reinforcements: Left-back Cristian Blanco, midfielder Alejandro Piedrahita and Uruguayan striker Adrien Balboa scored a brace from Sporting’s 3-0 home league win over Jaguares final Saturday.
To those names are added different gamers who performed a key function within the continental marketing campaign of the espresso staff, resembling goalkeeper Altair Quintana, veteran center-back Carlos Ramirez, midfielder Johnny Vazquez or winger Jimmer Fourie.
“We’re already taking a look at Palmeiras with all of the experiences from our analysts (…) It’s an important staff, very effectively ready, so we should always have all these particulars,” Restrepo advised sports activities channel Win Sports activities.
And he added: “We’re very clear with all footballers that each step is totally completely different and each competitor, particularly each sport, should be effectively ready.”
To counter Palmeiras’ energy, Restrepo depends on work and preparation. “The problem shall be understanding how you can counter that face the place they’re a vertical staff, very quick, controlling their wingmen,” the strategist added.
Palmeiras, ‘with champion perspective’
Palmeiras is coming into a vital part for its ambitions. Within the spherical of 16 they eradicated Atletico Mineiro within the competitors between the titans and within the native league they chased away leaders Potafogo. Any further, the staff will face each matches with the “perspective of a champion”, its coach Abel Ferreira advised a press convention earlier than leaving for Colombia.
“We all know what we would like, we know how we work,” stated the Portuguese coach, earlier than praising Pereira: “We’re going to face a really aggressive, very organized opponent. If they’re on this spherical, it’s as a result of they’ve high quality. I’m our Respecting the opponents so much, we’ve to do our greatest and all the time respect them: we all know we can have difficulties,” Ferreira admitted.
With AFP and Efe
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