Corinthians boss Tite to test pairing of Emerson and Paolo Guerrero ahead of Fifa Club World Cup
Corinthians head coach Tite will finally get to test the partnership of Emerson and Paolo Guerrero against Santos on Saturday as he continues to weigh up his striking options ahead of the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan this December.
Emerson, 34, and Guerrero, 28, have played just 16 minutes together so far, in last weekend's 2-0 victory away to Internacional, and while Tite said the chance was still there for Jorge Henrique, Romarinho or Martinez to grab a starting berth, he was leaning towards the pairing of Emerson and Guerrero.
Up until now injury and suspension have robbed Tite the chance to experiement with this line-up, and Emerson, who was susepended for 5 games for insulting an official, knows that everyone will have to put the team above individual desires.
He told Globo Esporte: "Someone will have to stay on the bench and will have to understand, because the collective goal is bigger than the individual. I also want to play. I need not say anything, my answer has always been on the pitch."
Guerrero has staked his claim for a place in the team with goals in his last three Brasileirão games and Emerson believes they could easily play together.
"When you have quality trained staff and a demanding coach who seeks to improve the tactical part, everything becomes easier. We've been training and have been together for some time. The whole group is well known. I guess we will not have a problem," he added.