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Tite Refuses To Be Drawn On Firmino Gabriel Jesus Competition

Brazil boss Tite refused to be drawn on whether Gabriel Jesus’ place is under threat from Roberto Firmino, after an underwhelming group phase and he has yet to score in this World Cup.

Firmino has been waiting in the wings and Tite refused to be drawn on whether the Liverpool man would start in the last 16 clash against Mexico on Monday. “A team is made up of players who have no greater importance than another, but different characteristics.

“Firmino was decisive in the other games, it consumes me, but he has an understanding of his value, that at another time, with or without Gabriel, he can be important. Choices will end up happening.”

Tite also praised some of his squad players, Filipe Luis had to replace Marcelo after just 8 minutes, who endured a back spasm. “We play teams that are strong during the competition, we are a team which is balanced and has spare parts for important moments.

“Marcelo comes out with two minutes of play. You have to have a strong team. If this preparation does not involve all of the players and we focus only on the team that starts, surely we would not have this performance.”


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