Grêmio – Palmeiras: Grêmio Luckily Come Away With A Point Against Organized And Aggressive Palmeiras (1-1)
In a game dominated by the home side, it was interesting to see how a team with only 33 percent possession managed to create the best chances of the match. Solari’s team played with an interesting and impressive set up. The only question was whether Palmeiras’ game plan would work for the entirety of the match. At the very end of the match, Grêmio equalized.
Tactical analysis and match report by Luc Jeggo.
Palmeiras came into the game on the back of a five game winless streak. Thanks to their strong start, they still managed to sit second in the table. However, the margins at the top of the table being as small as they are, Palmeiras needed a win to keep up with league leaders Santos. . Big names g Felipe Melo and Ramires were both missing from the starting eleven, the former not even making the trip down to Grêmio on Saturday.
For Grêmio, the biggest news was that team star Everton found himself on the bench. It has been speculated that Cebolinha is close to a European move after a stellar last season and performances in the Copa América. Coach Renato Gaúcho opted to start Luan and Thaciano on the wings instead, perhaps to rest Everton in a grueling part of the season. Influential midfielder Jean Pyerre was also missing from the starting line up in Grêmio’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Grêmio were the main possessors of the ball, with Palmeiras happy to sit and defend their own half. Grêmios fullbacks would step up high in possession. Both the defensive midfielders for would alternate between dropping in between the center-backs and also outside . . .