By unveiling his 32nd and final list as coach of Brazil, Tite, 61, will he put an end to his insomnia? “My nights are restless, I kick my wife, sometimes I wake up at 4 a.m., the adrenaline is pumping,” he said in an interview broadcast by TV Globo on Sunday. Bored at the idea of leaving players at home, Tite will announce at the headquarters of the CBF, at 1 p.m. (5 p.m. French time), the names of 26 players, and not 23. “I am a humanist. There is the athlete, but first there is the man, the son, the father, the human being who must be respected. he added.
The announcement of this expanded list, broadcast live on TV, should not hold any surprises. More than 90% of globalists are already known. Among the goalkeepers, Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City) and Weverthon (Palmeiras) will be there. In defense, Thiago Silva (Chelsea) will start and captain alongside Marquinhos (PSG). Eder Militão (Real Madrid) will also serve as plan B and can help out on the right. A 4th axial will be chosen between Gabriel (Arsenal), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica) and Felipe (Atlético de Madrid). At the side, Daniel Alves, who trains with the B team of Barça after his freelance in Mexico (Pumas), hopes to be the lining of Danilo (Juventus). On the left, Emerson (Tottenham) or Alex Telles (Sevilla) will accompany Alex Sandro (Juventus), the holder.
The traffic jam on the attack
In midfield, the starting trio is already defined. Casemiro and Fred (Man United) will be supported by Paqueta (West Ham), well recovered from his shoulder injury. Fabinho (Liverpool) could take advantage of a failure of one of the first two cities. As for Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), he easily won his duel against Gerson (Marseille). The last place should go to Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), who has just won the Copa Libertadores, Coutinho (Aston Villa) with a thigh injury and forfeit.
Finally, in attack – a sector where Tite has already called 30 players for four years – they will be 9 to make the trip to Qatar. Neymar (PSG), Vinicius (Real) or Raphinha (Barça) and Richarlison (Tottenham) will form the attacking trident. They will be accompanied by Anthony (Man United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Rodrygo (Real) and Pedro (Flamengo). The last jump seat should be played between Matheus Cunha (Atlético de Madrid), Firmino (Arsenal), Gabigol (Flamengo) and Martinelli (Arsenal).