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Former coach of the Portuguese team, Luiz Felipe Scolari was the coach of the last Libertadores conquest, in 1999, and said he was satisfied and happy to “pass the baton” to Abel Ferreira.
World champion for the Brazilian national team in 2002 and last technical champion of the Libertadores Cup for Palmeiras, in 1999, Luiz Felipe Scolari praised the achievement of Abel Ferreira this Saturday. Saying himself happy to “pass the baton” to his Portuguese colleague, the Brazilian highlighted Abel’s leadership and promising future. Scorali’s words came in an interview with SportTV.
Admiration: “Happy that Palmeiras won the Libertadores again and with a person I follow a lot. I had the opportunity to meet Abel when I was with the Portuguese team and he is doing a spectacular job here in Brazil. It is very good that Palmeiras is champion again of Libertadores through a person like Abel. I am very satisfied. Last year, it was Jesus and this year Abel, in the team [equipa] that I drove. I am very happy and I hope he continues this wonderful job at Palmeiras “.
Similarities between jobs: “I don’t know if there are any contact points [entre o trabalho do Abel e o meu]. I think so, in some opportunities. Maybe he has the style of group formation as I did there in Portugal and Brazil. It seems from what I hear from the people around him that he has leadership, a concept of a large group team and naturally winning the Libertadores final happens because you really see Abel leadership leading his team “.
Surprising: “Not surprising [o sucesso]. The football coach has to take risks and he knows his quality, he has given examples of very great qualification on and off the field. I hope you move on as you came here and continue to be optimally successful in Brazil and it will be even more so if you continue to be the Abel we are seeing now.
What I would say to Abel: “I would be very happy to have won in 1999 and I am even happier that he, who was our team there in Portugal, won now. It is the transition from one Libertadores winner to another with great pleasure. and satisfaction. A joy for me that I managed and at Palmeiras where we had already won “.