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Without Neymar, Brazil tests its options against Venezuela

Not having star playmaker Neymar or midfielder Casemiro accessible for choice will enable Brazil coach Tite to experiment along with his lineup in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier at Venezuela.

Neymar is serving a suspension after selecting up two yellow playing cards in Brazil’s recreation in opposition to Peru final month and Casemiro has a tooth an infection.

Beginning for the Selecao shall be Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Guilheme Arana, Fabinho, Gerson, Everton Ribeiro, Lucas Paquete, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa.

A win in Caracas will give Brazil 27 factors from 9 matches. Brazil’s coach not often publicly confirms his beginning lineup earlier than matches however he made an exception on Tuesday.

The choice hints that Brazil’s lead in South American qualifying makes Tite snug sufficient to strive new gamers and formations.

“Our marketing campaign permits us to open for alternatives. It wasn’t attainable within the marketing campaign for the 2018 World Cup,” Tite mentioned in a news convention.

“We are attempting to develop and have gamers with completely different traits. Gerson, for instance, is completely different from Fred. It’s all about the way you assemble.”

Fred has had a robust defensive partnership with Casemiro, however the staff has lacked aptitude and passes between strains from these two. Gerson, who’s extra of a box-to-box participant, is prone to be examined in Brazil’s subsequent three matches in opposition to Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay.

“What issues is stability,” Tite mentioned, including that he needs to check gamers who’re able to a couple of operate.

“With Arana on the left, for instance, we could have two choices; both he’ll be large or will construct. If we would like a fifth participant up entrance, he provides us that choice.”

Arana’s latest predecessors haven’t impressed Brazil followers. Renan Lodi made a vital mistake within the purpose that gave Argentina the Copa America title in July and Alex Sandro has been criticized for showing to lack attacking DNA, a key characteristic for Selecao supporters.

A lot of the main target will heart on how Brazil performs with out Neymar.

Tite has used the Paris Saint-Germain striker and Gabriel Jesus up entrance, with Paquete usually taking part in as a winger who switches positions often with each of them. In opposition to Venezuela, the coach will begin with Gabriel Barbosa, who has performed largely as a goal man for his membership, Flamengo.

That might imply extra freedom for right-back Danilo and particularly 24-year-old left-back Arana. It might additionally imply Paquete and midfielder Everton Ribeiro will transfer up entrance in help extra often.

Cesar Sampaio, one among Tite’s assistants, mentioned one other long-awaited trial shall be seen in opposition to Venezuela.

“We couldn’t use Fabinho within the (newest) Copa America. And it is a place for which now we have two nice references,” Sampaio mentioned.

“(Casemiro and Fabinho) are world-class gamers for his or her performances and due to the golf equipment they play for. This time Casemiro just isn’t accessible.”

Venezuela has scored solely 4 factors in World Cup qualifying and shall be lacking a number of gamers due to accidents and requests from their golf equipment for them to not journey to South America on account of COVID-19 protocols.

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