Club World Cup is a very meaningful tournament for Brazilian teams in particular and South America in general. It is an opportunity for them to affirm their name in world football, in the context that European representatives are no longer too interested in this intercontinental tournament.
Football commentary Palmeiras vs Al Ahly Golden opportunity for Palmeiras
This year’s South American representative is Palmeiras, from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. The other big clubs of this city like Sao Paulo, Corinthians, Santos all have a world title of their own except Palmeiras
Palmeiras yearns for a title
Palmeiras claimed similar status for an international tournament they won in 1951. But, at least for their opponents, it didn’t count. But all arguments will end if Palmeiras, the traditional team of the Italian community in Sao Paulo, win this year’s Club World Cup.
European teams often see the Club World Cup as an inconvenience rather than an opportunity.
However, the last South American team to win in the current format happened a decade ago. The European champions have always reached the final, while the South American champions have failed to make it to the semi-finals five times, the last time being a year ago, when Palmeiras himself failed to beat Tigres.
Palmeiras not only lost their semi-final to Tigres of Mexico, but they were also beaten in third place to African champions Al Ahly of Egypt, whom they will meet again in this year’s semi-final. Palmeiras is the first team in 20 years to defend the Copa Libertadores title. But this victory also puts them at risk: They could become the first South American team to lose twice in a row in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Santos supporters are anxiously awaiting another humiliation.
Twelve months ago, Palmeiras were so bad, so lacking in ideas that they couldn’t even score a single goal in their two matches. Will they get much better in just one year? There are grounds for hope. Last year’s experience is clearly a good thing, and manager Abel Ferreira seems to have a more diverse attacking team than he did a year ago.
Palmeiras is different now
The strong point is still the solid defense, where the excellent Weverton goalkeeper is well defended by the central defender duo Luan and Gustavo Gomez. In midfield, Danilo has developed into a confident and accomplished midfielder. Another left-footed, attacking midfielder Raphael Veiga ended last year in superb form.
Little Rony, signed as a winger, has become a dangerous striker. And since last year’s Club World Cup, Palmeiras has welcomed back the club’s idol Dudu, who brings more flair to attack. There are other reasons to believe. The final will almost certainly be against Chelsea (meet Al Hilah of Saudi Arabia in the other semi-final), which is certainly not the strongest of the recent European champions.
Chelsea are also struggling in form, with manager Thomas Tuchel admitting his players are tired. But first, Palmeiras must overcome Al Alhy, the team that had to sacrifice the best players for the national team in the Africa Cup. Coach Pitso Mosimane will have to decide if he can get his players from Cameroon to Abu Dhabi in time for Tuesday’s game.
What physical condition will they be in? Should he keep faith with the squad that beat Mexico’s Monterrey 2-1 on Saturday, or would it be wiser to use reinforcements?
But either way, Palmeiras is still the more overrated team. The Brazilian representative is capable of playing an active attack against Al Alhy. In the Libertadores campaign, they won 5-0 at home against Independiente del Valle of Ecuador and 6-0 against Universitario of Peru.
Both times the opponent’s defense could not cope with their attack speed. But without an early goal on Tuesday, Palmeiras will have to show patience and wisdom. In the next few days, Palmeiras will either win two games, return as world champion and silence opposing fans, or they may have to wait a long time to be honored.
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