Coach Verdão also explained the option of saving players against Santo André
Palmeiras drew with Santo André on Monday (12) in the seventh round of Paulistão, with Abel Ferreira taking better advantage of his players' submissions. The team saw the opponent draw in the last minutes and did not take advantage of the opportunity to increase the advantage.
Verdão scored 16 times on the opponent's goal, but the Portuguese wants more effectiveness from his team.
– Football is about efficiency and we had every chance in the world to score the second goal. Whoever plays must always be connected. We have one, two, three, four chances and we only manage to score one goal. This is what football is all about, efficiency is what counts. It's a pity because I think we created enough to score more than one goal, that's something we need to improve: our efficiency, he said.
After Santo André, Palmeiras will have reinforcements in the team: Endrick. The striker returns to the club after a frustrating spell with the Brazil Under-23 team during the Pre-Olympic Tournament, for which Brazil failed to qualify.
– I already talked to him on the phone, we exchanged messages. These are expectations we all create. We need to talk to him. He is a mentally strong player. Brazilian players are used to this. Being an idol and being completely decimated by the press. I see him as a mentally strong “boy”. We will accept you and carry out all tests. “One thing is happening in the national team and another in the club,” he said.
Abel Ferreira's Palmeiras came on in a mixed lineup against Santo André. However, the coach explained that he did not decide on this option thinking about the classic with Corinthians, which took place on Sunday (18).
– NO. It's about avoiding injury. It is no coincidence that Palmeiras is one of the teams with the fewest injuries throughout the year. Not only because it has a good performance center, but also because it has a brave coach who likes to give his players opportunities and who likes seeing everyone. I'm not thinking about three games from now, but one at a time.
Palmeiras' next match will be away against São Bernardo. The match will take place on Thursday (12) at 7:30 p.m.