THE BALL – A mirror, a photo, a question – how Abel motivated the players ahead of the final (Brazil)

Entering the locker room at the Allianz stadium on Wednesday to face Athletico Paranaense in the South American final of the Recopa (the super cup), the Palmeiras players found a motivation pack.

The gesture from the Abel Ferreira-led coaching staff isn’t new – it’s happened before in the second Libertadores and Club World Cup final, and this time the kit featured a mirror , a photo of each young player and a question: What would you say to this young dreamer?

The players couldn’t help but smile and seem to have given the message strength, as they won 2-0 and took Palmeiras to the first ever Recopa.

Abel Ferreira became the foreign coach with the most titles at the club, a total of four.

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