Abel praises Marília Mendonça, quotes Ayrton Senna and reflects on Brazilian football

after victory about the saints, reached on Sunday afternoon, Abel Ferreira spoke about the death of singer Marília Mendonça before answering the first question of her press conference. At Vila Belmiro, the Palmeiras coach also remembered the pilot Ayrton Senna and reflected on Brazilian football.

“I would like my first words to go to Marília Mendonça. Give the feelings to the whole family. I was able to follow the greatness of a woman on television,” said Abel, about the singer who died in a plane crash last Friday.

“In fact, there are many examples that Brazil has for us to be able to change, above all, the sports culture. The way she faced life is very reminiscent of Ayrton Senna, who was an example for all Brazilians, an example for me, an idol for me”, added the Portuguese.

Admired by the Palmeiras coach, Ayrton Senna shone in Formula 1 and won the third world championship in the 1988, 1990 and 1991 seasons. Like Marília Mendonça, the motorsport idol had a tragic death after suffering an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix 1994.

“Ayrton Senna, for me, was the reference in the sport. Not only for what he won, but also for the way he lost. I didn’t like to lose, but I respected my opponents”, said Abel, before making another criticism that he considers constructive.

“I have to say this: Brazilian football needs to change the sporting culture and it has to be seen in people like Marília Mendonça and Ayrton Senna. You have to know how to win and you have to know how to lose. I learned and continue to learn a lot in Brazilian football. I’m the first one who has to improve”, completed the Portuguese.

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