Palmeiras vs Botafogo: Navarro and Patrick de Paula meet with former clubs for confirmation Brazilian series a

This Thursday, the duel between Palmeiras and Botafogo, at 19:00 (GMT), in the Allianz Park, for the Brazilian Championship, will be the first chance for midfielder Patrick de Paula and striker Rafael Navarro to face their former clubs.

And in both Verdão and Fogão, they both work for a regularity and seek a moment of affirmation.

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Carrossel, Palmeiras x Botafogo, Rafael Navarro, Patrick de Paula – Photo: Art / Ge Publishing

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Rafael Navarro was announced by Palmeiras in December last year, and was the partner of Patrick de Paula in the first months of 2022. The striker arrived free of charge after completing his contract with Botafogo.

Rafael Navarro and Patrick de Paula Palmeiras in training – Photo: Cesar Greco

Opportunity for the much-requested center-forward position, he has experienced different moments so far with the Alvarezde shirt. Libertadores, a top scorer and publicly defended by Abel Ferreira, was unable to keep up with the season.

The seven goals scored in the group stage of the South American championship are the only ones Navarro has scored for Verdão so far. The chance for the starting line-up came in the first half of the match against Atlético-MG last Sunday, replacing Raphael Veiga, but he missed an important opportunity and raised complaints in the crowd with a goalless draw with Minas Gerais.

Rafael Navarro celebrates four goals Palmeiras x Independiente Petrolero – Photo: Staff Images / Conmebol

The arrival of Merentiel and the imminence of the announcement of the signing of José Manuel Lopez will increase the competition for the palm trees since the opening of the transfer window in July.

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Outside the FIFA Club World Cup in February, Patrick de Paula lost his place on the team led by Abel Ferreira. The coach spoke on several occasions about the commitment and concentration of the young people of Palmeiras, in general talks and aimed directly at any athlete.

Due to the low performance of 2022 and the values ​​presented, Palmeiras did not create much difficulties in negotiating with Botafogo, which closed in March for R $ 33 million for 50% of the midfielder’s economic rights.

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Patrick de Paula enters the field against Goiás and loses the ball that created the second goal – Photo: Vitor Silva / Botafogo

In Botafogo, Rafael Navarro was initially ruled out, but the lack of negotiations to renew his contract left fans with problems with the player and the coach. One of the highlights of the B Serie B title campaign was that Navarro was the top scorer in the team and scored decisive goals to ensure alvinegro’s access.

Having been able to sign a pre-contract with any team since mid-2021, since his term with Botafogo ended in December of that year, Navarro has continued to focus on the Rio team. The partnership with Chay paid off and the midfielder himself had to find a replacement to share in the room concentrations.

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Patrick de Paula was the replacement. The midfielder came to Botafogo as one of the most expensive signings in the club’s history, a value that, according to his goals, could add even more value to the Palmeiras box office.

The pressure to play well is there and Patrick himself admits it. He has already said in some interviews that he has more weight because he is the most expensive signing, but he assures us that this is not something that shakes him. The intention was for the fans to “use it well” with goals, but that didn’t happen.

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Patrick de Paula celebrates one of Botafogo’s goals, but the phase has not been good – Photo: André Durão

So far, they have played nine games with the Botafogo shirt (six times as a starter) and scored two goals. When he scored the first goal, against Ceilândia, for the third phase of the Brazilian Cup, he made that “sai zica” gesture. The second goal seemed to be in favor of the midfielder – this time from a foul against Fortaleza, after a deflection in the middle of the road – the matches came below expectations.

Before the goal, Patrick de Paula knew he was in debt. Now, after losing the ball in the 2-1 defeat against Goiás in the second half, this Monday, the midfielder has found himself on the pitch for the first time. She continues to work with the people she hires to help with the adaptation and look for better performances.

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As long as that doesn’t happen, the memory that stays in the fan’s head, on both sides, is not the best for a player.

The trend is that Rafael Navarro and Patrick de Paula will not start as starters in the match between Palmeiras and Botafogo next Thursday night at 19:00 (Brazilian time) in Allianz Park, for the 10th day of the Brazilian Championship. Verdão is the runner-up with 16 points, two behind Corinthians, and Bota is in 10th place with 12 points and the same distance from G-4 and relegation.

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