Currently at Nottingham Forest, Danilo and Gustavo Scarpa experienced different situations before shining with the alviverde shirt and arriving in England
THE Nottingham Forest enters the field this Wednesday (25) for the semifinal of the English League Cupat 5 pm (Brasília time), to face the Manchester Unitedin a match that will be broadcast live by ESPN on Star+. For the confrontation, the English club will be able to count on the Brazilians once again Danilo and Gustavo Scarpa.
The two midfielders have something in common: the glow with the alviverde shirt. However, the path to England was different initially and involved Vanderlei Luxemburgo. While Danilo charmed the coach, Scarpa was almost traded.
‘F***, what a player is this!’
THE palm trees negotiated the steering wheel with the team of Premier League for almost BRL 100 million in January. However, before breaking into Alviverde’s professional ranks and heading to England, the 21-year-old player even made Vanderlei Luxemburgo be called “crazy”.
In an interview with the podcast ‘Kings of Review’in 2022, the coach, who promoted the athlete to the professionals in 2020, told the backstage of how he discovered Danilo in a collective between the reserves of juniors and professionals.
Delighted with the steering wheel’s way of playing, Luxa clashed with contrary opinions, which placed Gabriel Menino and Paula’s Patrickcurrently in Botafogo and considered the great jewel at the time, ahead of the Bahian.
“Do you know how Danilo came about? In a collective of junior reserves against professional reserves. I got to play. I like to see, I watch everything that is training. I’m seeing a lefty over there. But what a good left-handed player, he took it here, he took it there, he took it here, he took it there”, he began by stating.
“He had something that caught my attention at the time. He didn’t play either sideways or backwards. Just forward. Disarm and only forward. I said: ‘F***, what player is this. I want this player‘. From time to time he played, Gabriel Menino and Patrick de Paula. But he was Patrick and the Boy’s backup. I spoke: ‘Patrick’s reservation? He plays more than Patrick.’ People said like this: ‘You’re crazy, Patrick is the star of the team’. I said: ‘He plays more than Patrick’. I took it, brought it to the top team and started putting it to practice to set it up. Boy, that’s a player…”
In 2020, in his first season as a professional, Danilo performed 34 games, most coming off the bench. It was in 2021 and 2022 that the midfielder established himself in the starting lineup of Abel Ferreirabeing a fundamental piece for the conquests of Verdão.
In all, there were seven achievements in three years. Danilo twice raised his Conmebol Libertadoresin 2020 and 2021, a Brazil’s Cupin 2020, a South American Recopain 2022, and a Paulista championshipin 2022.
The good performances made the steering wheel reach the Brazilian Team. In June, he was called up by Tite for Data Fifa in the friendlies against South Korea and Japan, but it was not used. In January 2023, he was traded by Nottingham Forest for almost BRL 100 million.
Scarpa almost left Palmeiras
With Luxemburgo as coach in 2020, Gustavo Scarpa was far from the shine he had under Abel Ferreira. Without a sequence, the midfielder considered leaving Palestra. And who monitored it was the Atlético-MG.
“A very good proposal came up from a team in Brazil, for me to earn almost twice as much as I earned at Palmeiras. But I said: ‘Man, I can’t be the style of player that I don’t like, which is what happens to a problem and leaves the club, then another problem happens and changes club again'”, said the player in an interview to ball of the timein November 2022.
“I can speak? It was for the Rooster [Atlético-MG],” he revealed.
“That was in 2020, a few months before Abel arrived. Some people stayed for two months trying (to take him to Atlético-MG)“, he pointed out.
In addition to Galo, two teams from outside Brazil made offers to sign Scarpa. THE Al-NassrCristiano Ronaldo’s current team in Saudi Arabia, and Trabzonspor, from Turkey, tried to sign the midfielder. However, both did not reach what Palmeiras asked for, the 6 million euros (R$ 24 million at the time) that Alviverde spent in 2018 to sign him.
For Palmeiras, Gustavo Scarpa won eight titles: two Libertadores, two Brasileirões, a Copa do Brasil, a Recopa Sul-Americana and two Paulistas.
Where to watch Nottingham Forest v Manchester United?
Nottingham Forest and Manchester United face off this Wednesday (25), at 5 pm (Brasília time), for the semifinal of the English League Cup with live broadcast by ESPN on Star+.
Palmeiras next games
Ituano (F) – 1/25, 7:30 pm – Paulista Championship
Flamengo (N) – 1/28, 4:30 pm – Brazilian Super Cup
Mirasol (F) – 1st/2nd, 21:35 – Paulista Championship