Eduardo Coudet has become a reality at Beira-Rio. Internacional has centered its plans for 2024 around the ideas of the Argentine coach, whose contract has been renewed for another season. The management of the dressing room, a good relationship with President Alessandro Barcellos, and confidence in his work solidify Colorado’s conviction in the coach.
Internally, it is understood that Chaco was one of the key figures in turning the team around in the second half of the season. Reaching the semifinals of the Libertadores, for instance, supports this theory, along with notable moments in the Brasileirão, such as the victory in the Gre-Nal, the 7-1 thrashing of Santos, and an exciting end to the year that thrilled the fans.
According to sources speaking to “ge,” three factors form the foundation of Colorado’s conviction. The first revolves around Coudet’s training and playing methodology. The mission is to continue this philosophy and have a proactive, intense, possession-oriented team with high-pressure marking and a winning mentality.
After the setback against Fluminense in the Libertadores, the team won eight out of 13 matches and secured the ninth position in the Brasileirão. Additionally, they closed the second half of the season with one of the best attacking records, scoring 29 goals.
Another certainty behind the scenes is that Chacho’s tactical setup maximized the potential of players like Mercado, Johnny – who was negotiated with Betis for around R$ 30 million – Aránguiz, Wanderson, and Alan Patrick. Successfully integrating and adapting Valência is also considered a merit of the Argentine.
The second point mentioned is how Coudet handles the dressing room. He receives praise for being a good group manager, earning the affection, admiration, and respect of players and officials to make choices and decisions in the best interest of the team. Lastly, the identification with the club, synergy with a significant portion of the fan base, and a friendly relationship with President Barcellos are considered essential for the smooth progress of the work.
Internacional’s sports goal for 2024, in addition to the state title, is to reach the quarterfinals of the Sul-Americana, the semifinals of the Copa do Brasil, and finish among the top four in the Brasileirão.