How Brazil Could Line Up At The World Cup
How Brazil Could Line Up At The 2018 FIFA World Cup
Brazil are one of the favourites of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Tite's team is full of world-class players. As such, the coach will have some tricky decisions to make. Here is how the Selecao could line up in Russia.
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The five-time World Cup champions have been drawn in Group E, alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Tite still has two more friendlies, against Croatia and Austria, to find his preferred starting line-up, and the first headache he will need to solve is who his No. 1 goalkeeper will be. In Manchester City's Ederson and AS Roma's Alisson, he has two world-class options, but in recent games the latter seemed the preferred choice.
At the back, Tite tested a four-man defensive line of Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Marcelo in their latest friendly against Germany, and three of those seem to be nailed on. After Dani Alves' injury, only the right-back spot seems to be in question, and Miranda could be replaced by either Manchester City's Danilo or Corinthians' Fagner.
In central midfield, Real Madrid's Casemiro seems a certainty, while it remains to be seen whether Tite opts for City's Fernandinho and FC Barcelona's Paulinho in the other two slots, or if he decides on a more attacking formation.
Up front, the coach can pick from a host of talent and creativity, and all eyes will be on whether or not Neymar will be fit enough to start. He has returned to full training after picking up a foot injury in March, and would surely start in his preferred left-wing role.
On the other side, Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea's Willian will likely battle it out for a place in the starting XI, while both could also appear further back in one of the central midfield slots if Tite decides for a more attacking selection.
All hints from the Selecao boss appear to suggest that Gabriel Jesus will get the nod over Roberto Firmino as Brazil's starting striker in Russia.
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