Tite may make changes to Brazil's team

 

Tite may make changes to Brazils team

Rio de Janeiro - The coach's main changes are expected in the attack, which has been the team's primary weakness

By AP

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Published: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 10:48 PM

Last updated: Sat 22 Jun 2019, 12:50 AM

Under pressure after two lackluster performances by Brazil in the Copa America at home, coach Tite is expected to make changes to his squad ahead of their final group game this weekend.
Brazil face Peru on Saturday in Sao Paulo needing at least a draw to guarantee a place in the next round of the South American competition. Few doubt Brazil will make it through, as the "Selecao" can advance even with a loss, but only a convincing performance will satisfy the demanding Brazilian fans and relieve some of the pressure on Tite.
The coach's main changes are expected in the attack, which has been the team's primary weakness.
Brazil entered the tournament without Neymar because of an ankle injury, and none of the other forwards have been able to make up for his absence.
David Neres, Richarlison and Roberto Firmino, the trio that started the first two matches, are yet to score. In the 3-0 opening win against Bolivia a week ago, Brazil had two goals from Philippe Coutinho and one from substitute Everton.
The second match was a 0-0 draw against Venezuela on Tuesday.
"We weren't effective enough in the attack," Tite said after the Venezuela match. "We needed to be more precise up front to be able to translate our superiority into goals." 
Tite, who on Thursday completed three years as Brazil coach, said after the team's World Cup elimination last year he regretted taking too long to make changes to the squad, and that this time he would not make the same mistake.
Brazil were jeered in both Copa America matches and many of the boos were aimed at Tite when he substituted defensive midfielder Casemiro with another defensive midfielder Fernandinho against Venezuela despite the team's inability to create scoring chances.
The fans wanted him to use Everton, who played well coming off the bench in both games and is the player most likely to earn a starting spot against Peru.
The quick 23-year-old Gremio forward helped open up the opponent's defence, allowing Brazil to improve and create more scoring opportunities. 
 



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