Internacional – Grêmio: Grêmio Adopts A Direct Approach To Even Out the Tables In The Porto Alegre Derby (1-1)
Internacional and Grêmio drew in a Porto Alegre derby that was heavily influenced by their tight schedules, with both sides using mostly reserve elevens. Internacional dominated the first half, nullifying Grêmio’s chance creation mechanisms while threatening them with direct attacks. In the second half, Grêmio tried to improve by using a more direct approach themselves.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
Things seem to be going in the right direction for the two Porto Alegre giants these days. In the league, Grêmio are finally recovering from their poor start by stringing three consecutive victories together. This good streak put them only two points away from the top six and the coveted Copa Libertadores spots, one of which is occupied by city rivals Internacional.
Meanwhile, both Inter and Grêmio made it to the Copa do Brasil semifinals after knocking out Palmeiras and Bahia in their latest midweek games. This coming midweek sees the calendar madness continue for both sides, as both Inter and Grêmio play the first leg of the Copa Libertadores Round of Sixteen. Due to larger prize money, both teams see the cups as having greater priority over the league, and this was reflected in their squad selection for the derby, which featured mostly their reserve squads.
With a total of eight personnel changes from their midweek game, Internacional lined up in a clear 4-3-3 shape in possession, different from the 4-4-2 normally used with the starting eleven. The goal of keeper Danilo Fernandes was defended . . .