The FIFA Club World Cup (International Football Federation) begins this Tuesday, December 12, for Grêmio. Champion of the Copa Libertadores of America the Brazilian team will make its debut already in the phase of semifinals. Go play Pachuca. Scheduled to start at 3pm (GMT), the match will be held at the Hazza bin Zayed stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The winner will face that lead the best in Real Madrid vs. Al Jazeera duel, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th.
Grêmio’s recent performance
The tricolor gaucho has not put their main team on the field since the night of November 29 when, by scoring 2-1 in Argentina, they defeated Lanús and won the continental title for the third time. Already had taken the best in the first game of the decision, Porto Alegrem, making 1 to 0.
It was the crowning of an almost flawless campaign. In the semifinals, Grêmio needed only 90 minutes to define the situation. In Ecuador, he thrashed Guayaquill’s Barcelona 3-0. Then, at home, he only managed the big advantage. He lost by 1 to 0, but advanced without fear for the decision.
The biggest stone on the Gremista way to the Interclub World Cup may have been Botafogo. In the quarterfinals, there was a goalless draw in Rio de Janeiro. At the Grêmio Arena, the owners of the house asserted their field control winning by 1 to 0.
In the octaves, before the also Argentine Godoy Cruz, the classification was assured with tranquility. The gremistas won by 1 to 0 out and made 2 to 1 in Porto Alegre. In the group stage, they also passed without any difficulty winning the group eight by adding 13 points (four wins, a draw and a loss).
The incontestable success was not repeated in the Brazilian Championship by a strategic decision of coach Renato Gaucho. Believing that he would not be successful in three competitions at the same time, since Grêmio was also involved in the Brazil Cup, the coach on several occasions chose to put the reserve team in the Brasileirão preserving its main holders for the cup matches.
In the Copa do Brasil, this decision managed to make the team, who defended the title of the tournament, reach the semifinals, being eliminated by Cruzeiro, who would get the trophy. In the Brazilian Championship, Grêmio reached the fourth place with 62 points (18 wins, eight draws and 12 losses). He even reached the final round with a chance to win the runner-up. This possibility was not able to change the plans of Renato Gaucho that put the team C to face Atletico-MG in Belo Horizonte. In a game where neither the technician appeared, the gremistas were defeated by 4 to 3.
Preservation will allow the club to enter with practically all its starters on the field on Tuesday. Only the Artur midfielder can not play. The likely team for the match is Marcelo Grohe; Edílson, Pedro Geromel, Kannemann and Bruno Cortez; Jaílson, Michel, Ramiro, Luan and Fernandinho; Lucas Barrios.
The current form of Pachuca
The Mexican team had a lot of work to do to survive the dispute with Wydad of Morocco in the quarterfinals. After goalless draw in the normal time, advanced thanks to the victory by 1 to 0 in the extension.
Despite the slim and sweaty score, Pachuca showed dominance throughout the match, although he was not able to delight. The numbers show this. There were 24 attempts to finish over the 120 minutes against only six of the rival. He had more possession of the ball (60% to 40%) and sent more balls in the target (four against one). This was certainly the biggest shortcoming presented by the team. Five-six of the shots were blocked or out.
However, one factor that really made it easier for Mexico’s team was the expulsion of midfielder Brahim Nakach. In the 24th minute of the second half he left Wydad with one less athlete.
The Mexicans won the right to compete for the world title by winning the CONCACAF Champions League, a federation of Central American, North American and Caribbean nations. He began his preparation period for the tournament shortly after the 2-0 win against Atlante at home by the Mexican Cup. He thus guaranteed the right to play in the final of the tournament. Will fight for the trophy with the Monterrey in game that is scheduled for December 22.
In the Mexican Championship, however, Pachuca failed in the Apertura Tournament of the 2017/2018 season. He finished the qualifying round in the twelfth position among 18 contending clubs. With 19 points (five wins, four draws and eight losses), he was six points clear of the Atlas, eighth place, who closed the qualifying round for the decisive stages.
Supporters of the half-full line are able to find a positive point in elimination. He gave the Uruguayan coach Diego Alonso more time for training in order to dispute the Club World Cup.
On the clipboard, Pachuca is an offensive team that uses the 4-3-3 system. In practice, the theory is different. Although it actually uses a line of four defenders protected by three containment handwraps, two athletes from the attacking trio are more concerned about filling the spaces in the midfield than properly pressing the opponent’s defenses. Thus, the club had 23 goals in 17 matches of the first round of the Mexican Championship. Fourth worst attack among the top 12 placed.
Defensively, however, such a strategy did not cause great evolution. With 25 goals conceded, Pachuca has the second most leaked defense when compared to the performance of the same clubs.
History of the matches Gremio vs Pachuca
This will be the first match between teams.
Football far below the expectation shown by Pachuca in the semifinals and good performance of Grêmio throughout the season make the Brazilian team the best guessing option for the match. It has a price of 1.70 in Rivalo. Draw has a return of 3.50. Mexican success in the normal time is worth 4.80 per invested real.