Highlight of the rout that gave Palmeiras the title of the Campeonato Paulista, midfielder Raphael Veiga was invited to participate in this Monday’s Globo Esporte.
The 4-0 rout against São Paulo, last Sunday, gave Verdão its 24th title in the history of the state competition. But, before the two goals at Allianz Parque, the midfielder put the Palmeirense team in contention with the ball in the net at Morumbi.
– That goal helped everyone’s motivation, we know we didn’t have a good first game, but I knew that at home it would be different – said Veiga, who praised the Palmeiras conquest in Paulistão.
– For the way the first game was, for what they created, for the difficulty, for being São Paulo and it is always difficult to play against São Paulo, even knowing that you need to score two goals to go to penalties. And the crowd, jokes outside saying that they already won. At the stadium, when they scored the third goal, they asked for one more, then we scored four more (laughs).
Raphael Veiga, from Palmeiras, participates in Globo Esporte — Photo: Reproduction
Veiga is the athlete with the highest number of goals in finals played by Palmeiras. With both scored in Choque-Rei, he now has nine goals in ten decisions with the alviverde shirt – Evair is second on the list with six goals.
After opening 2-0 in the first half, a result that would take the decision to penalty kicks, the players heard a request from coach Abel Ferreira at half-time.
– Before the game, Abel already said that he had to be like a hammer, hammering and trying until he got it. When he went to the locker room, Abel said that we were tired because we were at a high pace, high intensity, but so was São Paulo. Inside our house, with our fans, the tendency is for them to feel much more – said the midfielder, who also praised the coach.
– Funny that if he wins he says it’s ours, if he loses he says it’s his. That makes the coach he is. He usually says it’s 70 to 30, but it’s 50 to 50 because he’s the commander, everything is chewed up. Entering the field the way he does is easy.
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