TITE MAY REST DANI ALVES, NEYMAR VS NIGERIA
Brazil coach Tite has revealed his starting line-up for Thursday’s friendly against Africa’s top-ranked nation and Cup of Nations finalists Senegal.
The South American champions will field a strong side against the Teranga Lions, with just one change from the team that drew 2-2 against Colombia in September.
Here is how the Selecao will line up on Thursday: Ederson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Arthur; Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho; Neymar, Roberto Firmino.
Tite explained his selection, stating: “Tactically we are now in a 4-4-2, with Firmino and Neymar in front, Gabriel, a striker, on the side and a midfielder on the other, who is Coutinho, as well as two central midfielders.
“It is the game model that seeks to give dynamism, as it did in the second half against Colombia. It was our best time in recent games. I want to reproduce this form of game.”
However, by naming such a strong side against Senegal, it is likely Brazil will field a slightly weaker selection for their meeting with Nigeria three days after.
In the case of Daniel Alves in particular, it is unlikely that the 36-year-old will play two matches in the space of four days. Similarly, the return to the squad of Copa America hero Everton Cebolinha gives Tite the option of resting Neymar, as the Paris Saint Germain star forward is in line to start only his second international match for Brazil since June.