Palmeiras coach, Abel Ferreira, invited Pep Guardiola on Friday to meet the Brazilian club in person after the Manchester City coach’s lapse on who is the current Copa Libertadores champion.
“He invited him to watch the game and get to know Palmeiras,” said the Portuguese coach in a joking tone at the conference prior to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup that the Brazilian team will play tomorrow Saturday against Chelsea in Abu Dhabi.
Ferreira reminded Guardiola that he even has a player raised at Palmeiras under his orders at City, alluding to Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, international with the ‘canarinha’.
He wants to meet Pep
“And I tell him to be attentive because we have more (soccer players) and of great quality. Since I know that he likes to meet new people and me too, it would be a pleasure to have lunch or dinner together one day,” suggested the coach of Sao’s team Paul.
Ferreira thus responded to a question about the lapse that Guardiola had on Thursday, who awarded the title of current champion of the Libertadores to the Argentine River Plate, instead of Palmeiras, winner of the last two editions of the American tournament.
After being asked if City is the best team in the world based on their wide lead (9 points) at the head of the Premier League, Guardiola replied: “We are not the best team in the world. The best is Chelsea, who won the Champions League , or River Plate, which won in South America”.
The last time River Plate won the Libertadores was in 2018, when they defeated Boca Juniors, their closest rival, in the final.
“Europeans know South America very well (…) I have to say that I admire Guardiola a lot, I imagine he doesn’t have time as he is very focused on winning the Champions League because he is one of the best teams today,” he said. Ferrera.