After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Água Santa in the Campeonato Paulista Série A1 matchday four, Palmeiras are about to depart for the United Arab Emirates for the ongoing Club World Cup.
The Copa Libertadores winners lost in last year’s semi-finals to Mexican side Tigres UANL and would be all out to avoid a repeat of an unexpected exit.
Fans had gathered in Western São Paulo, heading to Guarulhos Airport for the trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Palmeiras would begin their quest for the first-ever FIFA Club World Cup title on Tuesday against the winner of the match between Al-Ahly and CF Monterrey.
Brazil football legend Rivaldo had tipped the club to go beyond last season’s performance. However, he showed concerns about the possibility of missing out on a place for the final against the Mexicans or the African representatives.
Palmeiras have named a strong squad for the tournament in UAE, featuring big names like Weverton, Gustavo Scarpa, Rony, Dudu Deyverson, and Raphael Veiga.