Palmeiras – Atlético Mineiro: Palmeiras equalize late against Atlético to maintain title push (1-1)
Title-chasing Palmerias entered their clash with Atlético Mineiro looking to close the gap with leaders Flamengo. Atlético, on the other hand, were sitting in the middle of the table and aimed to spoil their hosts’ plan. In the end, Palmeiras will be relieved to have claimed a 1-1 draw after facing a stern Atlético challenge.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Mano Menezes set up Palmeiras in a 4-2-3-1 formation for his seventh game in charge after taking over from Luis Felipe Scolari. Menezes hit the ground running, having registered five wins and only dropping his first points in last week’s difficult away fixture at Internacional, a game that came a mere 48 hours after the home win over CS Alagoano.
Forn this game, Weverton was in goal and ahead of him was the four-man backline of Marcos Rocha, Gustavo Gómez, Vitor Hugo and Diogo Barbosa. They had a double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. of Felipe Melo and Bruno Henrique. Lucas Lima was in attacking midfield while the wingers were Willian and Dudu. Striker Miguel Borja was the one to lead the line.
Rodrigo Santana sent out the away side in a 5-4-1 shape. Atlético had Cleiton as their keeper with the five-man defensive line in front of him. The three central defenders were Iago Maidana, Leonardo Silva and Igor . . .