There are cases in football of coaches arriving at a club and changing the lives of some players. In the Palm treesThis relationship occurred with Abel Ferreira and midfielder Rafael Vega.
Prior to the coach’s appointment, in November last year, Veiga had never been able to establish himself in the starting line-up and had a hidden role at Verdão.
A conversation between Abel Ferreira and Raphael Veiga at the Academia do Palmeiras – Photo: Cesar Greco/Ag. Palmeiras
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With the arrival of the Portuguese, everything changed. The 20th jersey became the absolute starter and one of the key players in the team, scoring goals, creating passes and impressive performances.
Preparation General Electric Statistical SpyIn fact, make this difference quite clear. The counting began from Vega’s return to the club after his loan to Atletico, at the beginning of 2019, until the appointment of Abel, in November 2020, nearly two years.
During this period, Veiga played 29 matches as a starter and 27 as a substitute, with only 13 goals and 2 assists.
Already in exactly one year under the leadership of Abel, the performance was much better. The midfielder made 65 starts as a starter, ten reserve matches, scored 25 goals and nine assists.
The player himself recognizes this change with the Portuguese and explains how he has developed a lot with the coach.
– Since his arrival, Abel has given me a lot of confidence, sequel … With Andre Lopez (Assistant) I was already playing a little more, but once he arrived he gave me a lot of confidence, he asked me where I liked to play. That every athlete feel valued and important in the group. So I felt as soon as he arrived – he said.
Under Abel’s leadership, Rafael Vega was elected Player of the Year in last year’s Copa Brasil.
This Sunday, in front of Santos, at 16, by Brasileirao, Rafael Vega should once again be the starter and one of Palmeiras de Abel Ferreira’s hopes.
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