Bahia – Grêmio: Expressive Passing Breaks Through Off-Form Grêmio (1-0)

Grêmio’s awful league form continues, the latest chapter being a 1-0 away defeat to high-flyers Bahia. The home side’s defensive block and expressive passing system caused massive problems for Grêmio throughout, leaving them with one win in their first seven league matches.

Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.

Bahia’s start to the 2019 Brasileiro season has certainly been a surprise. Following 12th and 11th place finishes in the past two seasons, they went into this game with the potential to jump to the third place. Bahia boss Roger Machado, made just one change to his team following a 1-0 victory over São Paulo in the week, replacing his striker Gilberto for Fernandão.

Grêmio went into this match somewhat desperate for a victory. A 3-0 win in the Copa do Brasil against Juventude was surely a boost for a team looking to build some sort of form. Their start to the season has been nothing short of disappointing, despite recording their first victory of the league last week against Atlético Mineiro.

Despite missing six players due to injury, manager Renato Portaluppi made a single forced change, starting Pepê ahead of Everton, who joined the national team in preparation for the Copa America. Grêmio started in their usual 4-2-3-1 system, their two other changes seeing Maicon and Vico replaced by Thaciano and Walter Montoya.

Grêmio’s disjointed shape

Grêmio had more possession, but their shape caused them massive problems and made Bahia’s job very easy. Like plenty of . . .

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