Alwes and Alex Telles are expected to sit on the bench in Qatar
Militão Right and midfielder Fabinho have the ability to play as a left back
There will also be a lot of pressure to play alongside 38-year-old defender Thiago Silva.
Sao Paulo. When five-time world champion Brazil coach Tite included veteran defender Dani Alves in the World Cup squad, there was a reaction of anger and disappointment from across the country. The reason for this was the 39-year-old ‘right back’ Alves’s struggle to play for any club in the last one year. But Brazil had a lack of options to include in the team, due to which the coach had to make this decision.
In the World Cup, Tite’s most likely choice of defenders would be to keep Danilio at ‘right back’, who became almost a ‘central defender’ at Juventus, and play Alex Sandro at left back. Neither Danilio nor Alex Sandro are ranked among the best in the world in their positions of play, as Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Marcelo and Alves were 10 years ago for Brazil.
Elwes and Alex can sit on the bench…
Alves and Alex Telles are expected to sit on the bench in Qatar, with Eder Militão as ‘right back’ and midfielder Fabinho as ‘left back’. Whatever happens at ‘right back’ for Brazil in the World Cup, he will also face a lot of pressure playing alongside 38-year-old defender Thiago Silva. Silva’s performances have not been consistent for Chelsea and his poor form was highlighted in a 1–4 defeat to Brighton in the Premier League last month.
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Kafu had said – Why such a shortage of players in right and left back?
Cafu, a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning team, said in an interview last month: “I don’t know why we have such a shortage of players in these positions (right and left back), but it’s not just with the national team. But we see the same thing in the club as well. He said, “Coaches are molding midfielders in these positions because they do not know how to work with ‘right and left back’.”
Brazil, seeking their first World Cup title in two decades, will begin their campaign against Serbia in Group G on November 24 in Qatar, after which they will face Switzerland and Cameroon.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 17, 2022, 19:05 IST