They are ready: Palmeiras and Santos recognize the Maracana and declare themselves ready for the final of the Copa Libertadores | The State

The recognition of the field of the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the final of the Copa Libertadores became a walk for the Palmeiras players, who did not even use tennis to step on the historic grass, and in a fun session for Santos.

Led by goalkeeper Weverton and striker Rony, the two Palmeiras figures who can obtain the title of best player of the Libertadores of 2020, the Verdao players gave a quick tour of the court, took pictures in the Maracana and, having accomplished their mission in front of the camerasThey went directly to the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, where they did have training planned.

Those of Santos also did not do formal training at the Maracana. but at least they took the time to touch the ball.

At the press conference this Friday, the Palmeiras coach, Portuguese Abel Ferreira, assured that he has “goose bumps” for being able to play a final at the Maracanã because he always heard about the stadium as one of the greatest temples in world football.

“That is why it will be a unique opportunity, a challenge, a pleasure and an honor to be here to play a final, because the Maracana means that, a temple of football“, said.

Santos coach Alexi Stival “Cuca”, He recalled several finals that he played in the Maracaná as a coach of Rio de Janeiro clubs, including the defeat in the Libertadores decision between Fluminense and Liga de Quito, as well as a goal that he scored in the stadium and of which he is proud.

For the vast majority of players playing a final at the Maracanã is unprecedented, as well as winning a title at the Rio de Janeiro stadiumBut not for goalkeeper Weverton or defender Luan, both Palmeiras players.

The two made up the Brazilian Olympic team, along with stars such as Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, which won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games at the Maracana.

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