The final of the Coppa Libertadores will be played next Saturday. The two finalists are the Brazilian teams SE Palmeiras and Santos FC. Which team will win the Coppa Libertadores, the most important football tournament in South America and take the prestigious trophy away? Look at the prediction via our website EURO 2016 and go for the best online Coppa deals!
“Double focus and concentration in the final”
SE Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira and his team face an essential task. Palmeiras is a finalist of the Coppa Libertadores, and trainer Ferreira is eager to win that prize. “We must ask,” What brought us here? “We have to keep doing the same things and the same routine in the finals. We have to double the focus and concentration, put aside Everything that happens around and concentrate on the work: winning the final”, trainer Ferreira says convincingly in his preview of the final against Santos.
“Victory for Brazilian football”.
The Brazilian Santos FC has also been looking forward to the final against Palmeiras for days, held on neutral ground. Santos coach Cuca thinks it is a great honour that two Brazilian teams are in the last. “I want to congratulate Brazilian football. We will represent Brazilian football in Maracanã with Santos and Palmeiras as finalists. We must be congratulated. Not only us, but it is a victory for Brazilian football,” Cuca said at a press conference.
“Hoping for a perfect day.”
In the Brazilian league, Santos is in the middle bracket, but according to the coach that is no sign that his team cannot win on Saturday. “Everything is possible. Saturday we must have a perfect day to become champions, but that is what we will try to do against Palmeiras”, Cuca concludes his preview of this Coppa Libertadores final.
The South American Coppa Libertadores is comparable to the UEFA Champions League as we know it. This tournament is, therefore, one of the strongest for club teams in the world. The defending champion is CR Flamengo, but they are not among the finalists this year.
Head 2 Head
Santos and Palmeiras played against each other in the Brazilian league on December 5 last year. In Estadio Vila Belmiro in Santos, it was drawn 2-2. In the last encounters, neither team has proven to be the strongest. The teams have been well matched for ages.
Current form SE Palmeiras: In the quarterfinals of the Coppa Libertadores, Palmeiras defeated Paraguayan Libertad 3-0. In the semi-final, Palmeiras met the Argentinean River Plate. Also, they managed to beat this team with 0-3, but it was still exciting in the return game. The return was lost 0-2, but it was still enough to advance to the final.
Santos FC’s current form: Santos also had a hard time in the previous rounds. In the quarterfinals, it managed to play 1-1 against Gremio. The opponent eventually lost the return game at Santos 4-1, so Santos continued.
In the semi-final, Santos was linked to the Argentinian Boca Juniors. The first game was drawn 1-1. Santos managed to crown himself as a finalist of the Coppa Libertadores in the return that was won with 3-0.