Action in Brazil’s Serie A was in full swing during the international break. This meant that some notable names would miss this clash between Internacional and Santos. Internacional would look to bounce back from a horrid run of results that culminated in the departure of Odair Hellmann as manager. Jorge Sampaoli would bring his charges […]
Flamengo won thanks to a ridiculous piece of skill by Gabigol, even though their game plan might have been a lot worse than what Santos had drawn up. The tactical side of this match supported a well-known thesis about Brazilian football. Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias. Number one versus number two is […]
A late VAR call that resulted in a penalty gifted Santos the deserved equalizer, in a game they dominated from start to finish, with the exception of ten decisive minutes. The draw left them two points behind Serie A leaders Flamengo, whom they will encounter in their next fixture. Tactical analysis and match report by […]
The Brasileiro schedule served up a meeting between two high profile managers. Jorge Sampaoli brought his table-topping Santos side to the home of Cruzeiro, where Brazilian football’s goalkeeping icon Rogério Ceni made his managerial debut. Cruzeiro had come into the fixture amid a relegation battle and in a poor run of form, which led to […]
League leaders Santos suffered a painful defeat at the hands of São Paulo, to end a positive run that saw them take the lead in the Brasileiro. This was a very open game, with both sets of offenses dominating their defensive counterparts. Both teams opted for quick surges rather than constructed play, resulting in a […]
Is Jorge Sampaoli taking a leaf out of Jürgen Klopp’s book?
Palmeiras stuck to their compact and well-structured defense to break down Santos’s vertical passing play, catching them out of shape on fast breaks forward. The result leaves Palmeiras top of the table, having scored the most and conceded the least. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. The clash of styles between these two […]
Santos manager Jorge Sampaoli debuted in the Brazilian national league with an unexpected away victory over a strong Grêmio side. Sampaoli went against his usual principles with a more counterattacking approach, eschewing midfield play in favor of reinforcing his team’s defense. Thanks to this measure and some clinical finishing, Santos managed to score twice in […]