Palhinha says that São Paulo does not have a team to defeat Palmeiras: “No shame on the face” | Sao Paulo

Libertadores and World Cup champions 1992 and 1993 with São Paulo, former player Palhinha does not believe the current team will beat Palmeiras in the next three games between the two teams.

“Trophy” kicks off this Monday, at 8pm, for the 13th round of the Brazilian Championship, in Morumbi. Next Thursday, the teams will meet again at the same time and place, but for the first leg of the 16th round of the Copa do Brasil.

– It is difficult, but if I tell you the truth, São Paulo does not have a winning team. It is sad to tell the truth. I think São Paulo will have to fight hard to beat Palmeiras in these games and qualify for the next round of the Copa do Brasil. They (players) have the quality of being in São Paulo, what I see on the outside is that they have no team, they have no friendship between them to make São Paulo play better. They have to learn that – said Palhinha at a ceremony held last Friday, in Morumbi, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the first Libertadores Cup.

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Palhinha meets São Paulo fans in Morumbi – Photo: Eduardo Rodrigues

The Libertadores’ top scorer of 1992, with seven goals, was even more difficult when he spoke of the current São Paulo squad. Last year’s Paulistão champion, Tricolor faces a lack of national and international titles. The last major achievement was the 2012 Copa Sudamericanna.

– I think São Paulo lacks it for players to feel ashamed, to love the shirt they wear, to respect the shirt they wear, to love their teammates. You don’t have to be friends, but respect each other, and run on the field – commented the former player.

– It is very easy to criticize Rogério, criticize the board, but they do not play. They are players who need to take a different approach, see a little different football, stop with frills, top shorts, play ball, light weight exercises to gain strength can’t solve anything. Television ad, scoring and showing the ball, signaling, that won’t solve anything, that doesn’t exist. I think the players lack respect for the jerseys they wear. They do not know what São Paulo is, ”he added.

Palhinha was one of the greatest players in the history of São Paulo. Between 1992 and 1995, along with the Libertadores and Mundial titles, he also won Campeonato Paulista and Recopa Sul-Americana.

Best Growers Grower Libertadores 1992 São Paulo – Photo: São Paulo FC Historical Park

The criticism comes at a time when São Paulo is creating seasonally. The team emerges from the defeat against Botafogo, away, and separates from the Brazilian championship leadership.

The match against Palmeiras this week could change the situation and even the prospects for this season.

In nine absences, Rogério Ceni should take the field and: Jandrei; Diego Costa, Arboleda and Léo; Igor Vinicius (Rafinha), Igor Gomes, Rodrigo Nestor, Patrick (Pablo Maia) and Reinaldo (Welington); Luciano and Calleri.

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