Statements by Abel Ferreira, Palmeiras coach, after losing to Fortaleza, 2-3, at Allianz Parque, with the 15th round of the Brazilian Championship counted. The setback at home could make the Portuguese coach’s team lose first place in the competition.
Error: “It is an extra challenge we face in the character of our players, the more experienced and younger players, who learn from defeat. It gives us more skin, more experience and we have to be positive, understand the things we didn’t do, take mistakes and correct them. I am the main culprit, it is my fault. It’s no one else’s fault, and I take full responsibility for today’s defeat.”
Learning: “I can’t run away and deny that it’s much easier to work on wins and immunity. We want to break the opponent’s immunity and now we can’t hold on to the past. We have to learn from it, learn from what happened. We won’t win. Always. We have to realize when you don’t win, if you concede three goals.” And there are things that need to be corrected. And we have the possibility in two days to give an answer. This is good news. We always want to win. We had a good first half, there was a change when their player was sent off. Advantages for the opponent. Congratulations to Fortaleza who scored three goals and both of us. This competition is Marathon, we won’t always win. At some point, defeat will happen. The good thing about this competition is the ability to adapt. Now let’s get into another competition. [Taça Libertadores]”.
Editors: “Now we go to Libertadores and we want to change history, make our history. It’s not the story that plays, it’s the team and we have a good challenge ahead, against a big opponent. We want to be ready for that challenge here two days.”