BRAZIL RELY ON JESUS AS NEYMAR IS SUSPENDED
The Brazilian national team hopes lie with young but talented forward Gabriel Jesus.
The Manchester United signing is set to lead the attack against Venezuela on Tuesday. Barcelona superstar Neymar would miss the game as he has been suspended.
Neymar got a one-match ban after he received marching orders in the game against Bolivia on October 6. Brazil won the match 6-0, giving off strong signals to oppositions that they really wanted to play in the World Cup in Russia. Brazil currently stand in second place in South America. However, they would have to rely on Jesus as they play Venezuela on Tuesday. The suspended Neymar left the camp after the Bolivia game, and is expected to join clubmates ahead of weekend games.
Tite, the Brazilian coach, played Reds star Philippe Coutinho as Neymar’s replacement when he was sent off. Willian Borges is set to be Neymar’s replacement in the forthcoming game, while Coutinho will play on the left side. Also, Maciel Junior "Paulinho" will play the duel against the South American side having completed his one-match ban he received in the previous game. Tite would have to decide who to play as Paulinho’s replacement in the Bolivia match – Giuliano – was impressive.
The Brazilian side left for Venezuela on Sunday. All is in place for the 10th game in the WC qualifiers in South America. The visitors will train in the Metropolitano Stadium – the match venue – on Monday in the city of Merida. Before the flight to Merida, the Brazilian squad trained at the das Dunas Arena, Natal.
"We are ready. But we have to be prepared to suffer. That's normal now. Football has changed. It's going to be a tough game, just like all of the others have been. But we know that being the country of football, we have to keep winning,” said Jesus ahead of the much anticipated tie.