13 Jun Neymar damage: How Brazil will line up at Copa America 2019 with out star man
The ankle damage suffered by PSG’s ahead signifies that he’ll sit out the house Copa, leaving the Selecao with work to do forward of the primary match
Buoyed by house benefit and with a energy and depth of expertise unmatched by any of the opposite 11 contributors, Brazil go into the 2019 Copa America as overwhelming favourites to elevate the trophy.
Not since 2007 have the Selecao received South America’s well-known competitors, and with a solitary victory within the Confederations Cup and within the Rio Olympic Video games since then the strain to prevail is intense for Tite’s males.
The coach has responded by choosing a squad filled with prime names, though the lack of Neymar has solid a shadow on preparations because it was confirmed that the PSG star would miss your complete competitors.
Brazil’s line-up nonetheless consists of two Champions League winners from Liverpool within the form of Alisson and Roberto Firmino in addition to a host of champions from throughout Europe’s prime leagues.
That glut of choices provides Tite a welcome dilemma: methods to trim his 23-man squad down right into a single beginning XI.
The Selecao go into the Copa with a robust thought of what their finest team is perhaps, however there’s nonetheless time for a shock or two earlier than they kick off in opposition to Bolivia on Friday – with Neymar’s alternative clearly the most important conundrum.
“We have already got the beginning line-up in thoughts, however we joke round saying that we are going to name up 23 to then resolve the XI,” Tite’s assistant Cleber Xavier informed reporters in the beginning of Might. It’s simple that in comparison with their principal rivals on the Copa, most notably Argentina, Brazil get pleasure from an enviable stage of consistency in the case of choosing their finest team.
The lack of Neymar simply minutes into their first pre-Copa pleasant didn’t have an instantaneous influence on outcomes. Qatar have been dispatched 2-Zero earlier than Brazil ran riot in opposition to Honduras, successful 7-Zero in Porto Alegre.
In each of these video games Tite went with a 4-2-3-1 line-up, which might additionally mutate into 4-3-Three or 4-1-4-1 relying on the opposition within the upcoming match. Within the meantime Chelsea’s Willian has been drafted in for the PSG ahead, a change that ought to make little distinction tactically to the coach’s plans.
Whereas Neymar is again on the sidelines Dani Alves, who has been handed captaincy duties for the Copa, is again at full health and might be within the first XI in opposition to Bolivia, whereas Alisson pips Manchester Metropolis’s Ederson to the No. 1 jersey after each noticed motion this yr.
With Marcelo out of the operating Alex Sandro will get the nod at left-back, outdoors Thiago Silva and Marquinhos within the centre of defence. It’s in midfield the place Brazil should make some powerful selections.
Casemiro will anchor the center, leaving both Allan – the extra combative possibility – or Arthur – a superior passer – to struggle it out for the fitting to accompany the Actual Madrid man. Then, whether or not Tite in the end opts for both of his two favoured tactical set-ups, a giant upset may very well be on the playing cards.
Philippe Coutinho has lengthy been certainly one of Tite’s favourites. However the Barcelona man has suffered all season in Catalunya, failing to indicate his finest football; and abruptly his place within the first XI has begun to look somewhat tenuous, though Neymar’s damage actually aids him in that respect.
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Everton’s Richarlison has made essentially the most of his Brazil alternatives over the previous 12 months, scoring 5 targets in 10 appearances following his debut after the 2018 World Cup. He affords a extra direct outlet to objective and appears set to take on the mantle left by Neymar in assault, though Willian may even hope to make an influence ought to he be given the prospect.
Lucas Paqueta is a extra orthodox alternative for Coutinho in that regard and also will be hoping to place strain on the ex-Liverpool star over the course of the Copa. Brazil even have a wildcard possibility within the form of Ajax’s David Neres, who loved a effective season for the Champions League semi-finalists.
As talked about above, Firmino goes into the Copa America as Brazil’s first option to occupy the No. 9 spot, with Jesus set for use as an influence substitute during the last half hour ought to the Selecao want additional firepower. What is for certain, nevertheless, is that the Copa America favourites will not have their star man Neymar to rely upon over the following month.