Brazil Likely to Drop Real Madrid Trio in Starting Lineup for the World Cup

Brazil Likely to Drop Real Madrid Trio in Starting Lineup for the World Cup

  • None of Real Madrid stars in Brazil's FIFA World Cup squad will likely start at the 2022 edition in Qatar
  • Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Eder Militao are Los Blancos players named in Tite's 26-man team for the Mundial
  • Brazil play their Group G matches against Serbia, Cameroon and Switzerland, and are expected to advance

Five-time world champions Brazil will get their World Cup underway against Serbia, in a Group H encounter on November 24.

The South American giants are in the mix to lift the World Cup for the first time since 2002, but it's not going to be handed to them on a plate.

Head coach Tite will be hoping to lead the Selecao to their sixth World Cup title in the Middle East, with the nation having already won the tournament five times.

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Brazil, Vinicius Junior, Tite, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Neymar, 2022 World Cup, Qatar
None of the three Real Madrid players are likely to be a part of the starting lineup for Brazil at the World Cup. Photo by Chris Ricco. Credit: @brasiledition
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The 61-year-old Brazilian gaffer assembled a strong 26-man roster that travelled to Qatar for the global showpiece, which is scheduled to start on November 20.

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Among the squad are three Real Madrid players in the form of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo de Goes and Eder Militao.

The trio have played instrumental roles last season at Santiago Bernabeu, winning the UEFA Champions League and La Liga titles. They are also vital in Carlo Ancelotti's side this term, as they aim to successfully defend their trophies this season.

But per Spanish journalist Mario Cortegana via Twitter, none of the three Real Madrid stars are likely to start for Brazil at the World Cup.

The Marca reporter suggests that the Los Blancos trio will not feature in the starting XI, if Brazil's training sessions are anything to go by.

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Brasil Edition has also indicated that Tite will deploy a 4-3-3 system that will change to 4-4-2, depending on the opposition.

Vinicius faces tough competition for a berth on the left flank. Neymar Junior and Gabriel Martinelli are also vying for the same spot, making it difficult for him to start.

Militao will be the third-choice centre-back, as Tite prefers to partner Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at the heart of defense.

Rodrygo will also compete with Barcelona's Raphinha and Manchester United's Antony for the right-wing position.

Brazil icon slams Gabriel Martinelli

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Brazil midfielder Neto has questioned the decision to include Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli in the 2022 World Cup squad.

The youngster is part of Brazil's 26-man squad named by Tite earlier in the week, heading to the upcoming global football showpiece in Qatar.

Martinelli's inclusion in the team came as a result of an impressive start to the season with the Gunners.