Gremio vs Chapecoense for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Tuesday at Arena do Grêmio Stadium.
It was also up to the tricolour to close the previous journey. At that time, however, Grêmio still had a commitment to fulfil for the Copa Libertadores round of 16. Thus, coach Renato Gaúcho sent a team full of reserves to face the CSA in Maceió. It was a goalless draw with the team that is in the relegation zone of Serie A of Brazilian Championship.
With 16 points, Grêmio started the match of the thirteenth day in the eleventh position in the table of Brasileirão, which is the last competition in the scale of importance for the club.
The leading players will only be used on Monday because the tricolour didn’t play the Brazil Cup semi-finals round against Athletico Paranaense because it couldn’t be scheduled for next week due to the international commitment of red-black. That is the second objective on the club’s priority list.
The main goal is the Copa Libertadores of America, where Grêmio scored on Thursday, August 1, 3-0 at Libertad, Paraguay. In Porto Alegre, they had won 2-0. Thus, they reached nine unbeaten games (six wins and three draws). Will face Palmeiras in the quarterfinals.
Chapecoense does not need to prioritize tournaments. Eliminated from the South American Cup and the Brazil Cup early on, it has long been exclusively dedicated to the Brazilian Championship. This, however, has not been enough to achieve good tournament results.
Their last victory came on May 26, away from home, 2-1, against Cruzeiro. Since then it has held six matches. With nine points, they started on the thirteenth round in the eighteenth position.
The top hat has not yet determined who will be the replacement of coach Ney Franco, fired after the 4-0 defeat to Sao Paulo. Assistant coach Emerson Cris, who was placed in the vacancy, remains in the post. He led the team in a goalless draw on July 28 against Bahia in Chapecó. As a visitor, Chape played 21 points and won six having scored seven goals and conceded nine.
The lack of interest from the top hats and the coaching staff in Brasileirão has reflected in the athletes’ performance in the tournament games, but Chapecoense’s fragility makes Grêmio’s prediction a better guess for the meeting that closes this Monday the schedule of the thirteenth round of the Brazilian Championship of Serie A.