Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Palmeiras have a common history. The Brazilians saw him emerge champion of his first Libertadores in 2000. He was also part of the team that eliminated them in the semi-finals of the Cup the following year and that allowed them to return to Japan in 2001. Already as a coach, he dazzled them in the 2018 edition in the crossing that also occurred in the semifinals . Not surprisingly, they now see it as a solution: despite being first in the group of Libertadores and already classified to the round of 16, they fired Vanderlei Luxembourg. And in Brazil it was published that they think of him and Gustavo to replace him. The site Esporte Interativo threw the scoop this Friday afternoon, and the information rebounded.
The news explains that the modern and offensive profile of the twins is the factor that seduces the paulistas to lead one of the best-valued teams in the country. What is the reason Luxembourg was fired? The three consecutive defeats in the Brazilian Championship that they lowered it to the seventh place. Maximum demand, similar to what the Schelottos were used to in Boca. A detail: in the 2018 Libertadores, when they faced Palmeiras, Luiz Felipe Scolari -the idol of the club- publicly acknowledged his admiration and respect for them. Has the recommendation influenced them to look for them now?
Leaving the LA Galaxy, while not straightforward, might not be an excluding factor. The current campaign falls short of expectations – after four wins in a row, they have not won for seven – But the focus of responsibilities is shared between the manager of the team for the assembly of the squad and the disappointing level of Chicharito Hernández, who arrived to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and still could not demonstrate.
There has already been the first approach to know the conditions of their arrival. They are not the only candidates: Miguel Herrera and Gabriel Heinze, with a similar profile, are also in the running. Guillermo’s differential lies in his titles achieved and his experience directing a giant. Will it happen?