The former FC Porto player has defended the Portuguese coach from criticism.
Former player Walter Casagrande, who played for FC Porto in 1986/87 and is now a commentator in Brazil, has defended Palmeiras’ Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira from criticism from the Cuca (Atlético Mineiro), Mano Menezes (Internacional) and Jorginho (Atlético Goianense).
“Cuca went to vent about the match against Palmeiras, after the match against Coritiba [triunfo do Atlético Mineiro por 1-0]. The match was 0-0 [ganhou com golo aos 94 minutos], if he drew or lost, he would be calm. Cuca was waiting to win a match so he could talk about the match between Palmeiras and Abel Ferreira. In the match between Palmeiras and Atlético Mineiro, he and his team were incompetent, they could not score a goal against a team of nine [jogadores – dois foram expulsos]. Is it really hard to assume that you were once incompetent? What’s the problem?” he began by saying.
“Then Mano Menezes arrives, after a victory, wanting to talk about Cuca and Abel. And [depois] comes Jorginho, from Atlético Goianense… Everyone does their own [parte]. Are you teaming up against a coach who happens to be a stranger? These three, Cuca, Mano and Jorginho, came together to attack, belittle and judge Abel Ferreira, who is a two-time Libertadores Cup champion, Brazil Cup champion and possibly Brazil champion,” he said. he continued, then concluded:
“What are they saying? They were moths [n.d.r.: esquecidos] sometime ago. Mano, for example, was out of the market, Inter went after him. Midweek he was knocked out by Melgar [na decisão por penáltis, na Taça Sul-Americana] and said nothing of Abel. Now earns very well at Fluminense [3-0] and come talk about each other [treinador, Abel Ferreira]. It’s absurd.”