Brazil Rest Key Players Against Cameroon Before Knockout Rounds

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Brazil has secured going to the knockout rounds, and therefore it plans to go easy on its key players. 

Brazil won the two matches it played against Serbia and Switzerland in the FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 24 and 28, respectively. Both matches were played in Lusail Stadium, Qatar, and with a current 6-point lead, Brazil gave its prominent players a break. Brazil will advance to the knockout round regardless of the outcome of the upcoming game against Cameroon (Brazil vs. Cameroon) on December 2, 2022. However, Brazil supporters are still hoping for another win.

Brazil’s coach, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, popularly known as Tite, confirmed the news of resting key players. A simple draw with Cameroon will help Brazil maintain its first place in the Group G standings. If the Switzerland team loses versus Serbia at the same time, they would still win the section despite losing. France, though, has shown that it’s not always a good idea to shuffle about the majority of its starting lineup. The holders lost their final group stage encounter, 1-0 against Tunisia on Wednesday after making nine replacements.

When reporters questioned Tite about the negative effects that frequent substitutions may have on the team, he responded firmly that he is only able to assess the players based purely on their performance on the field. Yes, there is a risk, but it is also an opportunity for them to showcase their skills. Neymar, Alex Sandro, and Danilo are still unavailable for Brazil’s match against Cameroon owing to ankle injury. Tite is anticipated to rest Alisson Becker (goalie), Marquinhos and Thiago Silva (center-back duo), Richarlison Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro, and Vinicius Junior against a Cameroon team that must win in order to advance.

The inclusion of 39-year-old Dani Alves was strongly criticised by many Brazil fans and the media. He debuted in an international football competition in 2006, winning the FIFA FIFPro World XI award. Alves commented on the criticism by saying that he has been a long-time member of the Brazil team and that being able to play in the World Cup to end this cycle brings him enormous happiness. 

Since 1966, Brazil has only lost once in the opening round of the FIFA World Cup, in 1998, against Norway after securing first place in its group. On Monday, if they win the group, they will play the runner-up from Group H, which contains Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea. Brazil is a country in South America with a population of about 217 million people. It is the fifth-largest country in the world by land area and the sixth-most populous. Brazilians live and die for their passion for football. Brazil has won the FIFA World Cup twice in the past, and the nation’s people and football team still possess the winning mentality. The sole reason that crucial players were given a short break was to ensure that the baton was the first to cross the finish line.

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