After three games without winning, the Brazilian team takes the field this Monday night (21) against Argentina, leader of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers. Among the new additions to the team is the return of striker Gabriel Jesus, who has recovered. injury, who will replace Vinicius Júnior in attack, along with Raphinha, Gabriel Martinelli and Rodrygo. Also listed is left-back Carlos Augusto, replacing Renan Lódi.
Currently fifth in the Qualifiers, with seven points, five behind Argentina, Brazil seeks to shake off their bad form tonight at Maracanã. In the last rounds, the team drew at Arena Pantanal with Venezuela (1-1), then lost two consecutive games away from home: the first against Uruguay (2-0) and the other against Colombia (2-1). An arduous task in front of the current two-time world champion, which has star Lionel Messi in its squad, with eight Ballon d’Ors in his career, an award granted by France Football magazine.
Under pressure, interim coach Fernando Diniz appeared confident during a press conference after the team’s last training session at Granja Comary, in Teresópolis (RJ), on Monday (20).
“I am really well. I don’t think it’s the last game.”he said. “For me, it’s the big game, the days I have to train are all I have to do the best I can,” said the coach, hired on an interim basis by the CBF, who is awaiting the arrival of Italian coach Carlos Ancelotti in mid-June next year, when his contract with Real Madrid Spain ends).
Regarding the team’s defensive sector – they conceded four goals in the last three duels – Diniz defended his strategy on the field.
“The way I think about football is not to departmentalize the game. The defense is at the back, the midfield is in the middle, and the attack is at the front. It’s a much more organic way, more together, all players have to play cohesively for things to work more effectively”he stated.
Defender Marquinhos, the player chosen to participate in the press conference. said that the team is committed to seeking the three victory points.
“These days were very productive here at Granja. We focused a lot on the mistakes we made in this last game and other games as well. We made the corrections, the teacher went into great detail with videos, conversations and in the field. We also prepared some defensive and offensive things to play against Argentina, which is experienced, knows each other well, and has had good results. We prepared ourselves in the best way possible to achieve a great result”he assured.
Source: Agência Brasil
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