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Tite confirms his attack front to face Uruguay

Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, in the eye of the hurricane after ensuring that Qatar-2022 could be their last World Cup, will lead Brazil's offensive to face Uruguay on Thursday in the Amazonian city of Manaus, coach Tite said on Wednesday.

«In the first game Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus played. Gabriel Barbosa and Neymar started in the second game. Neymar and Gabriel Jesus will start tomorrow, "said the coach at the press conference prior to the South American qualifying match.

Tite, 60, refused to confirm the rest of the eleven of the líder undefeated in the tie, with 28 points in ten games, a score that is usually enough to obtain the ticket for the World Cup, although the 'Canarinha' is not yet mathematically classified.

«Confirming the equipment, I provide weapons to the adversary. We did practical work. The line-up is defined, the players know who is going to play, "he said.

The coach reiterated his support for Neymar, 29, after explosive statements were released on Sunday in which the star assures, in an interview for a documentary about his life, that Qatar will possibly be his last World Cup due to "conditions upside down ».

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«I chat with Neymar about his position [on the pitch], his role, important situations, his joy in the team, that he is a player with an important creative space. From him coming to the selection and enjoying it as much as possible. There are many other important and assertive aspects, it is necessary to respect the feelings of each one ", he affirmed.

Tite also had words of praise for winger Raphinha (Leeds), one of Brazil's figures in the triple matchday, in which they beat Venezuela 3-1 in Caracas and drew goalless against Colombia in Barranquilla, a result that broke a streak of nine consecutive victories.

«He is an external player who gives amplitude, speed. He has a play on the bottom line with crosses backwards, as happened with Neymar. Also mid-distance completion. But calmly, if not too great an expectation is created, "he said.

On the brink of qualification with eight games remaining, including the suspended one with Argentina, Brazil comfortably leads the South American tie but its game is criticized by sectors of the local press and the crooked.

On Thursday, in front of some 13.000 fans, they will receive Uruguay from Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez, who is fourth, a position that gives direct pass, with 16 points.

AFP

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