Ney­mar back to Brazil for World Cup qual­i­fiers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RIO DE JANEIRO: Ney­mar will re­join Brazil for 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers against Ecuador and Colom­bia in his first in­ter­na­tional duty since be­ing trans­ferred in a record set­ting deal from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Ger­main, na­tional coach Tite said Thurs­day.

Rested for the June friendlies – a 1-0 loss to Ar­gentina and a 4-0 de­feat of Aus­tralia – the 25-yearold striker will be along­side three of his new PSG team­mates: Mar­quin­hos, Thi­ago Silva and Daniel Alves.

Tite said the drama over Ney­mar ’s trans­fer “changes ab­so­lutely noth­ing” for the Brazil­ian team.

Ney­mar “is look­ing for new chal­lenges, but the im­por­tant thing is that he be happy to play foot­ball, that he adapts well and evolves to a new level,” Tite said.

The coach said Barcelona and PSG have “a sim­i­lar tac­ti­cal for­ma­tion of 4-3-3.”

The main change to the Brazil­ian squad is the ar­rival of tal­ented mid­fielder Luan Vieira, 24, who was in the Olympic gold medal win­ning team at Rio 2016. He cur­rently plays for Gremio in Brazil but is bound for Spar­tak Moscow.

Af­ter some tor­rid years, Brazil look back to their best, knock­ing Ger­many from the top of the Fifa rank­ings and in March be­com­ing the first coun­try to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup. Dur­ing his time in charge, Tite has eight vic­to­ries out of eight in com­pet­i­tive matches.

Brazil play Ecuador on Au­gust 31 in Porto Ale­gre, Brazil, and go to Bar­ran­quilla in Colom­bia on Septem­ber 5. AFP

Brazil coach Tite

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