The fourteenth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in the version of Fifa (International Football Federation) will have its champion known this Saturday, December 16. In the Zayed Sports City Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The kickoff is scheduled for 15h (Brasília time). The winner takes the trophy. Draw causes the achievement of 30 minutes extra time. If equality persists, the decision will be in penalties. Read all about our football super tips
Grêmio’s recent performance
Grêmio claimed the right to play the World Title by defeating Pachuca on Tuesday, December 12, 1-0, in extra time after a goalless draw in regular time. The goal was scored by Everton.
The unlucky performance of the club, especially in the first half, opened the possibility for two speculations about changes in the ranking for the decision. Everton is one of them. It can be related among the holders. However, it will hardly be in the vacant of the steering wheel Michel, that was drawn for its entrance against the Pachuca.
The exchange of a marking athlete by an attacker does not seem to be the most recommendable in front of a team with large number of quality athletes like Real Madrid. This would weaken the efficient gaucho defensive system. Thus, the most likely is that coach Renato Gaucho choose to leave Everton among the reserves.
The second possibility of modification is more likely as it does not involve any tactical changes. The entry of Jael in the spot of the Paraguayan forward Lucas Barrios promoted a marked improvement in the tricolor against the Mexicans.
Even without having possession of the ball for a long time (48% against 52% of Pachuca), Grêmio managed to create much more opportunities. He tried 20 finals against eight of the Mexicans. However, efficiency on both sides was lacking. The Gremists sent only two balls on target. The rivals were even worse. They gave work to goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe only once.
The current form of Real Madrid
Real Madrid also had more work than expected to confirm their favoritism against Al-Jazeera, the UAE team that only managed to qualify for the national championship and the host country. It was the only one of the contestants of the competition that did not arrive at the title of the continent.
After beating Auckland in New Zealand and Urawa in Japan, both 1-0, they were able to open the scoring against the Spanish team. It resisted as much as it can, but ended up taking the turn by 2 to 1.
Although he did not have a similar performance as Sevilla in the previous Saturday, when he scored 5-0, the Real promoted a real bombardment against the home team’s goal. He tried 35 finals in 90 minutes and sent 12 in the right direction. Al-Jazeera only managed to take six shots. The only one that was on the target entered.
The tiredness for having arrived later and the shock with the temperature, much higher than in Spain, can be used as justifications for this fall of yield, since practically all the holders were used by the technician Zinedine Zidane.
Only two players who regularly play on the main team have been preserved and are likely to be scheduled on Saturday to face Grêmio from the outset. They are the lateral Daniel Carbajal and the defender Sérgio Ramos. They must enter the vacancies that were, respectively, of Hakimi and Nacho.
History of the matches
Grêmio and Real Madrid had their paths crossed only once before the decision of the Club World Cup. The game happened in 1961 when the tricolor gaucho made its first tour to Europe. In a duel scheduled at the last minute, he faced the Spaniards in Strasbourg, France. In front of a team that had stars like Puskas and Di Stéfano the Brazilians took 4 to 1.
Europeans show a big advantage in the confrontations with the South Americans in the last ten years. They have won nine editions of the Club World Cup. The only exception was promoted by Corinthians in 2012.
This shows a clear picture of the technical superiority of the teams of the Old Continent in comparison with those of South America, that in some opportunities even managed to reach the final.
Against Real Madrid, who have won two of the last three editions of the World Cup and are the current holder of the cup, Grêmio will not only have to perform at its best level but also underperform the rival.
One of the factors that could provide this scenario would be a possible disinterest of the Real athletes. However, this was not demonstrated in the match against Al-Jazeera. Despite the difficulties faced, the Spanish team showed great disposition in the pursuit of victory.
So it should still be considered the best option for guessing in the final. It has a price of 1.27 in Rivalo. Draw in the normal time pays 6.00 and gremista success yields 10.00 by 1.