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Tactical view on Brazil world cup squad and absentees

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Tactical Analysis: A short Tactical view on Brazil’s world cup squad and absentees as in form Roberto Firmino is excluded form Tite’s list

This is certainly Brazil’s best squad in terms of quality and depth they have had since 2006. They have Antony, Rodrygo, Gabriel Jesus, Bruno Guimarães, Paquetá, Gabriel Martinelli and Pedro as forward options off the bench. A star studded bench to even imagine.

People need to understand that Brazil’s fullbacks don’t operate as fullbacks typically do in the modern game. They don’t overlap or support the wingers. The coach (Tite) masks their deficiencies by playing 3-2-5 in possession. One fullback inverts (Danilo) and the other forms part of a back 3 (Alex Sandro).

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This tries to get the best out of Danilo’s technical ball playing ability and Alex Sandro’s physical traits. Brazil play a heavy positional system. Brazil uses wingers that stay high and wide, a second Central Midfielder (CM) who stays high between lines, a fast tempo, high intensity winger in the likes of Vinicius Junior who is able to get the ball into channels early.

Why Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was left out of Brazil’s World Cup Squad

In a 3-2-5 in possession base sense, Roberto Firmino clashes heavily with Neymar and Richarlison. And then there’s Gabriel Jesus who can do Roberto Firmino’s role while also acting as an outlet Centre Forward as well. Squad cohesion counts for far more than the difference in quality between Roberto Firmino and Richarlison, even though it is clear in everyday that Roberto Firmino is a better player. Richarlison is a typically different profile with the chaos a-la Luis Suarez. Something Brazil’s forward line will need more.


Dani Alves in Brazil’s 2022 World cup squad at 39?

I did not think Dani Alves would play much for Brazil after missing the 2018 World Cup. Since then, he’s won Olympic Gold, won Best Player and won Copa América in 2019, returned to Barcelona and left again. Will be one of the oldest at the tournament at 39. His positivity and incredible character will be a boost for that team.

I think he’s completely out of it physically, but his technical and tactical superiority remains present (you can see that last season at Barcelona), he could be extremely useful in specific match scenarios. In that very specific half space zone around the middle of the pitch with time to operate, there’s barely anyone who can provide more offensively than him in that squad there.


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