After Palmeiras defeated Santos 1-0 and won the Copa Libertadores da América 2020, the main Portuguese sports newspapers made a point of extolling the work of coach Abel Ferreira ahead of Verdão.
Vehicles like “Record”, ” The ball” and ” The game” highlighted the fact that Abel became the second Portuguese commander to lift the continental tournament trophy. In the last edition, Jorge Jesus became champion with Flamengo after beating River Plate in the decision.
“Abel Ferreira makes history! The Portuguese coach wins the Libertadores Cup at the service of Palmeiras by winning 1-0 a dramatic final against Santos with a goal at 90 + 9 ‘! After Jorge Jesus, at Flamengo, last year, Abel becomes the second Portuguese to lead a team to the title of Libertadores! “, wrote the” Record “.
“O Jogo” also focused on how the coach alviverde celebrated the title. Shortly after the referee’s final whistle, Abel did not hide his emotion and went to tears. At a press conference, the 42-year-old explained the reasons for his crying.
“Nobody wins alone in football. Nobody wins alone. The players talk to me, talk to psychologists, talk to the kitchen staff. It was my family, I lived there. I’m much better coach, but I’m a worse uncle, worse brother, because I left my family there. You don’t know how much I cried alone with homesickness. I cried a lot and left the field so nobody could see how much I was crying. I love my daughters and wife and I crossed the Atlantic before something happened “, he commented.
In addition to Abel, Palmeiras’ technical committee also includes other Portuguese, such as assistants Carlos Martinho and Vítor Castanheira, performance analyst Tiago Costa and physical trainer João Martins.
– SE Palmeiras (@Palmeiras) January 30, 2021