The Brazilian team completes to face the unusual triple round of South American qualifiers World Cup 2022From this Thursday. The last players to introduce themselves to coach Tite were striker Neymar and defender Marquinhos, who came together from Paris to Sao Paulo.
Partners in Paris Saint-Germain, the duo joined the Brazilian group at the hotel where the delegation is located in Guarulhos, greater Sao Paulo, on Tuesday morning. They underwent a PCR test to detect covid-19 upon arrival. The technical committee did not say whether the duo would begin training with the group on Tuesday afternoon.
Tite will lead the second activity of the selection in preparation for the three consecutive rounds of qualifying this afternoon, again at Corinthians CT Dr. Joachim Grava, as he did in the second round. This time, with the group complete, the coach should already begin to determine the starting line-up that will face Chile, on Thursday, in Santiago.
With the arrival of Neymar and Marquinhos, the selection pool reached 24 players. Initially, Tite summoned 25 athletes and then nine more due to the decision of clubs in England and Spain not to allow players in countries called the “red list” of the United Kingdom, in the case of Brazil. Teams from these two countries have claimed that they will be misappropriated by these athletes upon their return to Europe because they will need to enter a 10-day quarantine.
England supported the decision and did not release the players. Thus, Tite was without goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson, defender Thiago Silva, defensive midfielders Fabinho and Fred, and strikers Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Ravenha. On the other hand, clubs in Spain released athletes who had been called up for playoffs.
Among Tite’s additional list, midfielder Mateos Nunes did not appear. Officially, the Brazilian Football Confederation claimed that it is from the restrictions imposed on Portugal, where the player plays wearing the Sporting jersey. But the player may also have given up considering the possibility of defending the Portuguese team in the future. He has dual citizenship, and if he wears the Brazilian national team shirt, he will not be able to do the same with the European national team in the future.
Brazil faces an unusual three-way round of qualifiers starting on Thursday due to the postponement of a match due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponed match, valid for the sixth round, will be against Argentina, on Sunday, at the New Coimica Arena in Sao Paulo. The final confrontation of this series is scheduled for the ninth round, against Peru, at the Arena Pernambuco, for the tenth round.
The national team leads the playoffs by hand with a success rate of 100%: six victories and six matches. And she could be very close to qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar if she maintains the same performance in this triple round.
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