Brazil’s Prem forwards had a hard time versus Venezuela ahead of essential Uruguay tie
Brazil began their World Cup qualifier in your home to Venezuela on Friday night with seven Premier League players in the beginning line up.
Ederson was in objective – strangely and surprisingly picked ahead of Alisson.
Thiago Silva was at the heart of the defence, with Allan and Douglas Luiz providing the midfield protection. And in advance were Roberto Firmino, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus.
However this all Premier League attack stopped working to fire. Brazil had almost all the possession.
Versus mindful opponents the video game typically appeared like an exercise in attack versus defence.
However there were couple of clear possibilities, and just a single second half objective from Firmino to protect Brazil’s 100 per cent record after 3 rounds of the competitors.
In part Brazil’s problems were reasonable. Venezuela have secured some goalless draws against Brazil in current times, most especially in 2015’s Copa America.
And the absence of time for training clearly harms the group that wishes to attack.
But there is likewise a centre forward issue. Brazil appear to lack a natural for the number nine function.
Indeed, the centre forward position has actually circulated all three of the Premier League stars.
Going into the last World Cup Gabriel Jesus appeared to have actually fixed the problem.
But he, extremely hardly ever for a Brazil centre forward, failed to score in Russia.
Brazil coach Tite has actually since decided that he is a striker at his finest assaulting from wide positions rather than a penalty location specialist.
Roberto Firmino was then offered the role. However, as Liverpool fans popular, he works best as a facilitator, lying deep and threading through his passes.
For this game, with Neymar missing, Tite used Firmino in this role, explaining him memorably as “more bow than arrow.”
Therefore this time Richarlison moved into a main function. This can work – but not against challengers such as Venezuela, who lie so deep.
Richarlison is a front to goal striker who requires area to shine, and his back to objective game lacks subtlety when the group are attempting to pass their method through massed defensive ranks.
The next match, on Tuesday, might be more to his liking, Brazil are away to Uruguay, whose morale is skyrocketing after a superb 3-0 win away to Colombia on Friday.
Something that Uruguay do not lack is centre forwards. They still have the old firm of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who scored the very first two goals versus the Colombians.
And they have prepared some long term replacements. Maxi Gomez of Valencia is injured at the minute.
However they can likewise rely on recent Benfica signing Darwin Nunez, who came off the bench on Friday to score a breaking 3rd goal.
The striking feature of Uruguay’s strikers is the method they are prepared to compromise themselves for the team.
They started Friday’s game in their traditional 4-4-2, with Suarez staying high and Cavani sometimes dropping into midfield.
Cavani gave them the lead, however with Colombia throwing everything at them, coach Oscar Washington Tabarez reorganised at half time.
On came Nunez. But Uruguay were not having fun with 3 in advance. Nunez played on the left wing, tracking back the runs of the Colombian right back.
Cavani did the exact same on the left – and the fact that a player with more than 50 global goals is prepared to work this hard speaks volumes for Uruguay’s group spirit, and for the mindset of Manchester United’s recent acquisition.
So who triumphes on Tuesday? Will it be another victory for Edinson Cavani?
Or, versus less defensive challengers than Venezuela, might Brazil’s Premier League attack find the space to show their things?