Two of Brazil’s biggest football jerseys face off in the 2022 Series B. Looking ahead to the better days, Vasco and Grêmio will play this Thursday, at 20:00, in São Januárion, the tenth round. The traditional clubs, which unite many national and international trophies, fight for the G-4 and arrive at the meeting at different times.
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There are only four points between Vasco and Grêmio in the table, but the atmosphere of the two clubs is completely different at the moment. After an erratic start to Serie B, which raised doubts about the work of coach Zé Ricardo, the Rio team got off to a good start and started the second round.
Vasco and Grêmio face off against each other at different times of Serie B coaches – Photo: Infoesporte
Undefeated, Vasco won four games and drew five, adding 17 points, five less than leader Cruzeiro. In São Januari, in Thursday’s match phase, the cruzmaltina team won its last four duels, and this has been reflected in the stands. Crowds have filled the stadium, and protests have given way to support. Against Grêmio, once again, all 22,000 tickets available were sold out in advance.
Grêmio Vasco is living a moment similar to the one he spent a month ago. Coach Roger Machado drew with Vila Nova and a new setback could cost him his job. Zé Ricardo knows exactly what that is. He came under pressure in the game for several rounds, but he managed to get a break as the team progressed.
The gaucho team is struggling, is in fifth place, but has had a sudden drop in recent games. They come from three draws and have not won in four games – they spent the whole of May without a win in Serie B. Attack is one of their concerns: they conceded just one goal in the last month and have conceded just seven goals in nine games. in competition.
The last few days were meetings on the Grêmio stage. On Tuesday, President Romildo Bolzan was present at CT Luiz Carvalho to speak with the technical committee and the football department. The day before, he had met for an hour and a half with Denis Abrahão, vice-president of football. So Thursday has an ultimatum air.
Zék will meet his first opponent
Zé Ricardo made his debut with Vasco in his first match against Grêmio – Photo: André Durão / ge
Grêmio Zé Ricardo is an opponent who brings back fond memories. It was against Rio Grande do Sul in 2017 that the coach made his debut with Vasco in his first season. He took office in a tumultuous environment after a tense defeat against Flamingo in São Januárion, which ended with the grass invasion.
As a result of the confusion, there was no public match against Grêmio. The opponent, then the current Libertadores champion, was the favorite, but Vasco won with a goal from Matheus Vital. Nene was in that game.
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The last meeting featured a show by Diego Souza
The last time they faced each other, in December 2020, was overtaken by Grêmio. That year for the 24th day of the Brasileirão, the Rio Grande do Sul team won 4-0 in Porto Alegre.
The winner was Diego Souza, Vasco’s curious target at the end of last year. The striker, who will be back on the pitch with his tricolor shirt on Thursday, has scored the first two goals of the match. Lucas Silva and Pinares, who continue in the south, completed the score. The team was led by Renato Gaucho, who came on Sunday after a draw with Vila Nova.
Diego Souza celebrates Grêmio’s goal against Vasco in 2020 – Photo: Lucas Uebel / DVG / Grêmio
Following the termination of Diego Souza’s contract with Grêmio in December 2021, the striker entered the eyes of the Rio de Janeiro management and ended up with a nightmare with the chance to be moved until the end. The 36-year-old has a good relationship with Vasco’s team due to his excellent stay in São Januárrio between 2011 and 2012, when he won the Brazilian Cup.
Vascon, who has undergone two redevelopments since his last meeting with Gremio, had only three players on the pitch. None of them will play on Thursday: Miranda is suspended, Juninho is injured and Léo Matos is not used by coach Zé Ricardo.