Chapecoense – Palmeiras: Pragmatic Palmeiras with routine win over unthreatening Chapecoense (1-2)
Palmeiras showed some fluidity in attack in the first half and were generally the dominant team, albeit without creating a crazy amount of chances. In typical pragmatic Scolari style, they did enough to go in at half-time with a single goal lead. In the second half, Palmeiras sat back as Chapecoense chased the game. However Chape’s possession game was not strong enough to make large dents in the Brasileiro’s strongest defense, and Palmeiras ran out 2-1 winners.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Reigning league champions Palmeiras travelled to Chapecoense looking to extend a run of four consecutive wins as the only unbeaten team in this early stage of the Brasileiro. Palmeiras made two changes from their 1-0 win over Botafogo, as Felipe Melo came back into the side ahead of Thiago Santos, and center-back Luan was replaced by Antônio Carlos in their 4-2-3-1 formation.
Chapecoense also lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They came into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Cruzeiro and made one change from the lineup in that game, as right back Bryan came into the team in place of Caique Sá.
Palmeiras' 4-2-3-1 formation against Chapecoense's 4-4-2 shape out of possession.
Palmeiras control first half
From their starting 4-2-3-1 formation Palmeiras were relatively flexible in the structures that they created in possession. They often created a back three in possession, either through right back Marcos Rocha tucking in alongside the center-backs, or through defensive midfielder Felipe Melo dropping either side . . .