The same scene, the same opponent and a different context. This Wednesday (8), at 7 p.m., Internacional meets Fluminense, in Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre, but now for the 32nd day of Serie A of the Brazilian Championship. The last duel does not bring back good memories in Colorado, but it marks the passing of the Habs.
The last time they met, the teams met in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. After a 2-2 draw at the Maracanã, Inter saw their place in the final slip away in just a few minutes. More precisely, in six minutes. This is what Fluminense needed to turn things around in Beira-Rio and secure a place in the decider. The result of the tournament took place on Saturday (4) and Tricolor won an unprecedented cup.
The context of the new confrontation is completely different. With 42 points, Internacional still dreams of a place in the next Libertadores. To do that, they need a spectacular run in the final six rounds to move into the top six group. Flu, with 45 points, is just looking for a better position in the championship.
The tricolor head is already in December, when the team travels to Saudi Arabia to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Internacional knows that not playing the next Libertadores will be a huge loss for the club, financially and sportingly.
How Inter arrives
On the field, coach Eduardo Coudet will have almost his entire starting team, the same one that beat Cruzeiro last Sunday (5). The only significant casualty remains left-back Renê, who works in the medical service. However, Colorado could have reinforcements from reserves Nico Hernández and Thauan Lara for this position. In the final round, Dalbert filled the vacant position.
How Fluminense arrives
Coach Fernando Diniz could even use a mixed team against Inter. The use of reserves is due to both recent achievements and the next season goal. Saturday (11), Tricolor faces Flamengo, at the Maracanã. The confrontation with the rival is always treated as a decision of Flu. Felipe Melo, Marcelo and Cano did not travel with the delegation.