The comparison was inevitable. Brazil faced Venezuela and had a poor performance. On the same day, far away, France defeated Belgium 3-2 in a match full of emotions. The conclusion of the contrast came in tow: between contestations to Tite’s work, the feeling that the group that is striding forward to a place in the Qatar Cup lacks talent.
There is, however, at least one fact that relativizes this idea. Today, when the team faces Colombia, at 6 pm, in Barranquilla, questioned much more by their performance on the field than by their numbers, they will have a group still with a strong presence in the football elite.
The cross between those called up by the ten best-set groups in the FIFA rankings and the 20 clubs that lead the Uefa coefficient shows just England with the most players in the lists of the most grounded groups in the world. There are 16, against 14 in Tite’s group. Taking into account the way that six of the 20 groups on the rundown are English, the British Team ‘s advantage is minuscule really.
In the beginning, the arrangement that Brazil will have today, Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Fabinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus shield groups among the ten best positioned on the Uefa list. The mentor actually has the advantage of having different individuals from this European cream on the seat: Ederson, Eder Militão, Alex Sandro, Fred and Vinícius Júnior. The 14 Brazilians Emerson Royal, from Tottenham, and Antony, from Ajax, complete.
The issue is the trouble Tite lives today to track down a fit between the pieces. Regarding the group that beat Venezuela, the mentor will have the arrival of Neymar. Raphinha and Antony entered the game well and requested passage. Players like Gabigol, Everton Ribeiro and Gerson can’t pass firm on the title.
Across the Atlantic, the French generation shines like gold with every victory. However, when compared to the group at Tite’s disposal, Didier Deschamps’ players have the same presence in the 20 strongest teams in the world. With one difference: there are 11 in the top-10, one less than Brazil.