Saturday, January 28, 2023

Brazil plays with ‘B’ thinking about the round of 16

Brazil clings to the ‘zero risk’ policy to scrap the match against Cameroon (at 20:00 CET) and focus body and soul on the matchup. eighth next monday, the rival of which he will meet this Friday. The ‘Hexa’ is a greater good for the ‘canarinhos’ that justifies any type of decision, even if this is a confrontation with tradition and means facing a World Cup match as if it were a friendly.

titewho handles his country’s media environment like no one else, has already been preparing Brazilian public opinion since the day after the match against Switzerland so that no one would be startled by a ‘B’ team made up of eleven substitutes. Even Alisson, who has not conceded in two games, will see him from the bench and, under the sticks will be Éderson, from City.

Nothing has been said in the previous hours that the abdication of the meeting by the Brazilians could alter the natural logic of the group. In the event of victory, the indomitable Lions will reach the round of 16, a situation that is not unfeasible given the roller coaster that was the last match of the Cameroonians with Serbia (3-3).

The Brazilian ‘pseudo-friendly’, however, can also have a direct influence on the next line-ups for Brazil. And one of the victims could be precisely Raphinha, who has been far from the best version of him in the first two games. There is consensus on the part of the analysts in indicating that the presence of Éder Militao as a winger against Switzerland left the blaugrana isolated at the point of attack with no real chance of partnering with almost anyone.

Antony, a footballer highly appreciated by the ‘crooked’ will play his first match as a starterr, once he has recovered from a flu process, a disease, by the way, that is taking its toll on the Brazilian internationals in Doha. Depending on his performance, the debate on the extreme right can become a matter of state in the South American giant.

Bruno Guimares is another who is on the starting ramp. More versatile than Fred, who is a defensive short midfielder and very limited in creation, the Newscastle footballer may become the most viable option for Tite’s double pivot.

And the third unknown is where Rodrygo can fit in better, who has been promoted by his coach in Doha and the penultimate option in attack (the last one is Gabriel Martinelli, of Arsenal) has become a tactical wild card, even occupying the position of Neymar Jr., as ’10’ who plays as a hook without tactical corsets.

With all the ‘sacred cows’ resting, The concern generated by the forced absence of Ney, who is still recovering from a sprained right ankle, has been dispelled for a few hours. The presence of Dani Alves, as captain, has also helped to divert the focus.

The ex of Barça, whom a large part of the Brazilian public opinion did not want to see in Doha, will break a new record in his career. At 39, he will unseat Djalma Santos and will be the oldest international ‘canarinho’ to play a match in a World Cup. The longevity record was held by the former Palmeiras and Portuguesa right-back, who played with 37 in the 66 World Cup, in England. Under normal conditions, the current Pumas footballer will not have more minutes in the tournament, since he is the third option in his position behind Danilo, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, and Eder Militao.

Data sheet

possible alignments

Cameroon: Epassy; Fai, Castelletto, Nkoulou, Tolo; Hongla, Anguissa, Kunde; Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting, and Toko Ekambi.

Brazil: Alison; Militao or Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Telles; Casemiro, Guimaraes, Paqueta; Antony, Jesus and Vinicius.


Ismail Elfath (USA).


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