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For Tite’s last tournament with the SelectionBrazil advance as favorites to the final title.

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The workforce of Brazil is impressive, especially offensively, and Tite, who is living his last competition at the head of the selection, has many tactical possibilities depending on the opponents and the scenarios of the matches.

Workforce review

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Wewerton

Regularly a weak point throughout its history, Brazilian football now has two very high quality goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson. Alisson, who appeared in eight qualifying games (for two goals conceded), should be the starting goalkeeper, even if Ederson had earned his place in the starting line-up from game three of the group stage of the Copa América 2021 until the end of the competition. The doorman of Manchester City also played in five playoff games, conceding no goals. As third goalkeeper, Wewerton, champion of Brazil this year with Palmeiras and winner of the 2016 Olympic Games, will experience his first World Cup at the age of thirty-four.

Full-backs: Danilo, Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles

This is perhaps the weak point of Brazil, where the summoning of Dani Alves, thirty-nine, caused a lot of ink to flow in the country, a poll showing that 88% of people rejected Tite’s choice to summon Dani Alves. The former player of Barca should be satisfied with a role of substitute and the places of holders seem promised to the two players of the Juventus, Danilo and Alex Sandro. If their level is far from the greatest full-backs in the history of Brazilian football, Tite does not base his game on the full-backs, asking them above all to defend and provide a solution in midfield to free the wingers. Tite could also choose to start on the right side Eder Militão, who successfully lined up in this position during the last preparation match.

Central defenders: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao, Bremer

The starting central defense will consist of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and should be one of the highlights of the Brazildespite the thirty-eight years of Thiago Silva, who could become the oldest Brazilian player to play in the World Cup if Dani Alves does not enter the game. Thiago Silva will know his fourth World Cup, the third as a holder, while Marquinhos was Miranda’s substitute at the 2018 World Cup, only one minute played, in the round of 16 against the Mexico. The two players, however, know each other perfectly between matches with the Paris SG and those with Selection and will lead a defense that conceded only five goals in seventeen games during the playoffs.

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Midfielders: Casemiro, Lucas Paquetá, Fred, Bruno Guimarães, Fabinho, Everton Ribeiro

Casemiro is the only certainty in midfield, where he is one of Tite’s strong men. Lucas Paquetá should also start, where his complementarity with Neymar was very interesting during the playoffs. Lucas Paquetá can play alone alongside Casemiro for an attacking 4-2-4, but Tite can also give more intensity in midfield by starting Fred, Lucas Paquetá can then play in midfield or on the left wing . On the bench, Fabinho is the understudy of Casemiro, Bruno Guimarães, performing with Newcastle and the Selection may have a card to play during the tournament while Everton Ribeiro should be content with short appearances.

Attackers: Neymar, Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Júnior, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Pedro, Gabriel Martinelli

the Brazil has a very impressive attack, where the positions are not doubled, but tripled. Neymar (eight goals and eight assists in ten qualifying games) is obviously the attacking leader and should play in support of the centre-forward, where Richarlison seems to be starting one step ahead of Gabriel Jesus. On the right side, Raphinha has regularly been favored by Tite over Antony, while in the case of a four-man attack, Vinícius Júnior should start on the left wing. Tite has many options and players could appear during the tournament, we think for example of Rodrygo, Pedro or Gabriel Martinelli.

The title as the only objective

Sixteen players in the group will discover the World Cup, but many players have a lot of experience and are regulars in the Selection, which qualified easily for its twenty-second World Cup. The group stage is well within the reach of the Brazilwho will find known adversaries, with the Serbia and the Swiss already faced at the 2018 World Cup when the Cameroon was in the group Brazil in 2014. The course could become complicated from the round of 16, with as a possible opponent the PortugalI’Uruguay or even the Ghana. Neymar, who could play his last World Cup and is two goals behind Pelé’s national goalscoring record, will be particularly eagerly awaited after a very good start to the season on the side of the Paris SG. As always at Brazilthe country has only one objective for the World Cup: to win the title.

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Opposite skylight – 2022 World Cup: Brazil, hexa objective