Corinthians – Palmeiras: Derby Paulista Ends In Stalemate (1-1)

After breaking a winless streak of four games, Palmeiras had the opportunity to prove a point against the three-game unbeaten Corinthians in the Derby Paulista. Palmeiras seemed to be the better side initially, yet they eventually crumbled because of their own flaws, of which Corinthians took full advantage.

Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi

Thirteen games into the league, the top of the table in Brasileiro Série A’s is still shaping up, yet the current crop of teams occupying the higher spots of the table seem to be a fairly accurate indication as to what to expect from this year’s title race participants. 

Led by Jorge Sampaoli’s Santos, chasing Palmeiras met Fábio Carille’s Corinthians on their climb to first place. Their position in second, two points off the top, after a streak of three games without a win in the league (five in all competitions), was a testament to Luiz Felipe Solari’s men’s unbreachable start. Thus, Palmeiras’ fans must have hoped that their latest win over Godoy Cruz in the Copa Libertadores would be the shape of things to come, anticipating a return on the right track. Corinthians could instead count on an unbeaten streak since the Copa América break and their confidence coming into the Derby Paulista.

Palmeiras have a point to prove

Palmeiras started the match quite well. Their 4-2-3-1 shape, wherein Palmeiras would build the play consistently, presented Solari’s team with chances to attack their rivals’ backline. The degree of directness from defense to attack mixed with some slick . . .

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