‘Gabriel Jesus Will Start Over Firmino At World Cup’ Confirms Tite
Brazil coach Tite has confirmed that Gabriel Jesus will remain his first choice striker at the World Cup, despite Roberto Firmino’s impressive season for Liverpool.
Jesus has been Tite’s first choice since his appointment in September 2016, but Firmino’s performances have given the Seleção coach food for thought this season.
However, despite admitting that Firmino has played slightly better in the Premier League, Tite will prize Jesus’ Brazil displays in his decision making.
“It is true that Firmino did better than Gabriel Jesus, who was injured in the season. But Gabriel in the Seleção plays very well. So yes, today he is our number 9.”
Tite has a policy of rotating the captaincy and has hinted that Jesus may get his chance in one of the warm-up friendlies against Croatia and Austria in June.
“All of the starters, including William, Thiago Silva, Felipe Luis, Fernandinho, who are players who have constantly entered the team, they have already been captains. The only one who has not yet been captain is Gabriel Jesus.
“It may be that Gabriel Jesus appears as captain in one of these two friendly games. Although not defined, we will decide and will continue to make this rotation, which is a way of extending leadership and technical leadership styles. But the captain who would replace Dani has not yet been defined.”