Brazil has at all times produced a number of the greatest purpose scorers in soccer. However because the Copa America approaches, Brazil coach Tite is aware of he would not have a Ronaldo or Romario sort of goal man to depend on. As an alternative, Tite is cut up between 4 choices going into Sunday’s opener in opposition to Venezuela in Brasilia.
Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Richarlison and Gabriel Barbosa are in competition. Mixed, they’ve scored 45 objectives for the nationwide workforce. In distinction, Neymar has 66 by himself.
Brazil has struggled to discover a world-class striker because the 2006 World Cup, when an out of form however nonetheless lethal Ronaldo performed his fourth and final version. The workforce’s goal males within the final three World Cups scored solely 4 objectives in 17 matches.
Jesus had zero in 2018, Fred scored as soon as in 2014 and Luis Fabiano netted three in 2010. Brazil coach Tite sees the Copa America as a key preparation for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup, and it is a fantastic alternative for one ahead to stake a declare to a beginning place in Qatar.
“Gabriel Barbosa fluctuates and he can have a really sturdy ending energy. Jesus is a pure, he can get to the wings and (do properly) in one-on-ones. …
Richarlison too,” Tite stated earlier than the 2-Zero win at Paraguay on Tuesday in World cup qualifying. “And Firmino is a No. 9 who additionally turns into a 10 and provides you a reference to Neymar.”
Tite’s first selection till not too long ago was the 24-year-old Jesus. He scored 14 objectives in 42 matches for Manchester Metropolis this season, a determine he acknowledged was disappointing. The Brazilian not too long ago stated he was affected by COVID-19 earlier within the 12 months.
The 29-year-old Firmino had his lowest scoring season since he joined Liverpool in 2015, with solely 9 objectives in 48 matches.
Richarlison had a greater membership season, scoring 13 objectives in 40 matches for Everton. However Tite believes the 24-year-old is healthier as a winger, which means he’s an alternative to Neymar — who didn’t play within the 2019 Copa America attributable to damage.
Out of Brazil’s 16 objectives in World Cup qualifiers, Firmino and Richarlison scored three every. Jesus has none. He’s unlikely to begin for Brazil until Tite chooses to make use of him as a winger, giving a central place to Neymar, as he did within the win at Paraguay.
Many Brazilian followers wish to see Barbosa, often called Gabigol, given an opportunity. A flop at Inter Milan and Benfica, the 24-year-old Barbosa has been a large success at Flamengo since returning house two years in the past.
Barbosa scored 38 objectives in 52 matches for his membership in 2020. This 12 months he netted 13 objectives in 12 matches, although the extra aggressive Brazilian championship is but to begin.
Barbosa began in Brazil’s 2-Zero win in opposition to Ecuador however didn’t rating. If not one of the forwards can ship, Brazil should maintain relying on Neymar for its objectives.
“Nationwide groups construct themselves over time, that is what they’re like,” Tite stated. “We do not have a number of time collectively. And generally even throughout a match we should search for options.”