Brazil are ranked as the number one side in the world according to FIFA heading into Qatar, and Tite’s side are one of the favourites to go all the way and lift the FIFA World Cup 2022. Few nations can match the level of talent and depth that Brazil possess, with superstars such as Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Alisson, and more in their ranks.
Brazil have won each of their last seven games in all competitions heading into the FIFA World Cup 2022 and are unbeaten since their 2021 Copa America Final defeat to Argentina and Lionel Messi at home. The South American giants have the personnel and experience to lift a sixth World Cup trophy in Qatar in 2022, and here is how the Selecao should line up this winter at the tournament.
Ederson and Alisson are two of the best goalkeepers in the world fighting it out for the number-one spot for the Brazilian national team, but the Liverpool shot-stopper edges out his Manchester City counterpart. While Ederson is the best ball-playing goalkeeper in world football, Alisson’s 1v1 shot-stopping and ability to step up in clutch situations give him the edge over the former Benfica man.
Brazil have a wealth of options in the centre of defence, and the tried and tested partnership of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos will re-unite in Qatar 2022 for one final shot at glory. Silva and Marquinhos were part of the PSG side that went to the final of the 2020 Champions League and have plenty of experience at the highest level for both club and country.
The South American giants are less blessed in terms of talent at the two full-back slots, with the legendary duo of Marcelo and Dani Alves leaving a gaping hole in the side following their decline. Eder Militao has been deputizing as a right-back for Brazil in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 and should offer some defensive solidity. On the left, Alex Sandro and Alex Telles are the two candidates. Neither full-back is particularly known for their defensive capabilities in 1v1 situations, but the Sevilla and Manchester United man gets the edge over Sandro due to his mobility and set-piece delivery.
The Premier League duo of Casemiro and Bruno Guimares will occupy the double-pivot for the Selecao at Qatar 2022. The former Real Madrid midfielder may not offer much in possession in the first phase, but his defensive awareness and tackling will be priceless for Brazil in Qatar. With Casemiro being limited in possession, Guimares must start alongside the Manchester United midfielder due to his ability on the ball. The Newcastle United star has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season and can effortlessly progress the ball into the final third, while also boasting a monster shot.
Ahead of them in the number ten position, is none other than Neymar. The PSG superstar is arguably the number one player in Europe in the first half of this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further nine for the French champions in Ligue 1.
On the wings, Brazil have some of the best depth in world football, and the Real Madrid sensation Vinicius Jr should start on the left, with Barcelona superstar Raphinha on the right. Raphinha and Vinicius Jr are two of the deadliest goal-scoring wide players in Europe, with both players possessing devastating ball-striking and 1v1 ability while cutting in from each side.
To complement the wide players and Neymar, Tite should go with Gabriel Jesus as the number nine. He has the option of going for a more out-and-out nine in Richarlison, who has had success in the national team of late. But Jesus is a better fit in this system, with his ability to drop deep and link play as a false nine used to get the best out of the wingers and Neymar.
Jesus has had a similar impact at Arsenal this season, dropping deep and vacating the centre to allow Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to make darting runs through the middle and thrive. In theory, the Brazilian can do the same to help boost Neymar, Raphinha, and Vinicius Jr’s scoring numbers in Qatar.
On paper, Brazil are one of the most stacked teams in the tournament. They have the star power, coaching, and talent to go all the way to the final. It’s been 20 long years since Brazil won the FIFA World Cup, and 2022 may finally be the year when the biggest prize in football returns to South America.
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