Appointed as a defender at Palmeiras since the beginning of the 2020 season, at the option of Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Felipe Melo is in an undefined situation regarding the role he will play with the future coach of the team. The move to the defensive line was paid for by the experienced coach, who was fired after the 3-1 loss to Coritiba.
Hired as a midfielder in 2017, Felipe Melo was favorable to the idea of Luxembourg, although, according to himself, he dominated the position in the midfield more. He acted in this way with six coaches: Eduardo Baptista, Cuca, Alberto Valentim, Roger Machado, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Mano Menezes.
“I like to be useful, to play. The coach arrived and thought I would be more useful there. I still think that, as a midfielder, I dominate the position. In the conversation I had with Luxa, he made me very comfortable to decide where I would fight for a position, I concluded that I could really be a good defender, “said the player in February, in an interview with Interactive sport.
In the last games, Felipe Melo has made mistakes as a defender. They happened in the 1-1 draw with Flamengo, in Pedro’s goal, and in the 2-1 defeat by Botafogo, in Pedro Raul’s goal. In the setback against Coritiba, which resulted in the fall of Luxembourg, the palmeirense captain also failed to cut a ball in the area and even signaled with his hands that the move was not dangerous.
Felipe Melo played only six games of the Brasileirão, as he had to recover from an injury suffered in the Campeonato Paulista. In this period, he was replaced by Luan, who formed the defense with Gustavo Gómez.
Against Fortaleza, tomorrow (18), at Castelão, both will not be able to defend Palmeiras. Felipe Melo is suspended for receiving the third yellow card against Coxa, while Luan is recovering from injury.
Andrey Lopes, who will provisionally lead Palmeiras, should step up Emerson Santos and Gustavo Gómez in the defense. The alviverde team tries to put an end to a series of three consecutive defeats in the Brasileirão.