Real Madrid vs Grêmio: Real Madrid flirted with an historical embarrassment, by almost being eliminated by the modest Al Jazira on the semi-final of the Club World Cup
No matter how hard the Spanish team was “trying” to get eliminated, the difference in terms of quality between the two teams is monstrous, which means that the Merengues ended up getting the comeback win in the 2nd half.
Now against Grêmio, Real Madrid needs to show a better level, because if they don’t, they will be at serious risks of losing the title, which would break the European hegemony, since the last time a European club failed to win this title was in 2012, when Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0.
The manager Zinedine Zidane should have the squad in maximum strength for this match, since the captain Sergio Ramos has recovered from his calf injury and should start, as well as Carvajal and Kroos who were rested against Al Jazira.
Grêmio will have on the last match of the year their biggest challenge, which is facing Real Madrid, current two-time champions of the Champions League.
It is very hard to imagine the Brazilian team leaving Abu Dhabi with the title, but the poor matches that Real Madrid is making this season is a big motivation for the underdogs here.
Against Pachuca on the semi-final, Grêmio has shown serious attacking problems, only being able to be somewhat effective after the Mexican team started to feel some fatigue, because they had played extra time in the quarter finals, and ended up advancing with a goal from the “joker” Everton.
The manager Renato Gaúcho might make some changes in the team, since Everton and Jael have played well as subs against Pachuca and might “assert” themselves as starters.
Real Madrid vs Grêmio – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Despite the difference in level between the clubs from the two continents, I expect a balanced final. Real Madrid has already shown very vulnerable this season and Grêmio is an “annoying” team to face.
I believe that the Brazilian side will adopt a defensive posture. They will bank on the counter-attacks, so I believe that Everton will already be in the starting line-up, since he has the ideal characteristics to pull the counter-attacks.
It won’t be easy for Real Madrid to break the Brazilian defence, since it is one of the best of the continent, if not the best. I like the Under in this match.
I expect a typical final, with high concentration of every player in the pitch. Real Madrid knows that Grêmio isn’t Al Jazira. If they get the lead, they will cause much bigger problems.
Since I also don’t have a lot of faith on Grêmio’s attack, no matter how vulnerable the Spanish defence is, I think that the Under is the best option for this final.
|Under 3.5 Goals||