Now yes, the Copa América for Brazil begins

The experiments are over. Canarinha faces Chile in the quarterfinals forced to win to stay in the tournament. Alexis is the novelty of La Roja.


No more tests, rotations and experiments. Now, the real America's Cup begins for the Brazilian team. After a group stage where the coach, Tite, decided to use it to test the depth of the squad and test changes in the system with an eye towards Qatar 2022, this Friday the quarterfinals start and a defeat would be something unacceptable for a Brazil that has dominated South American football for almost five consecutive years and is the top favorite to repeat the tournament title, won last year (follow the match live on .

In front they will have exactly the champion of the two previous editions (2015 and 2016), Chile, which has received the best news since the start of the Copa América: the confirmation of the return of Alexis Sánchez, who on Wednesday trained normally and joined the travel with the rest of the delegation.

The historic striker for the Chilean team left behind - and in record time - a sore foot, which had sidelined him from the group stage. Lasarte evaluates incorporating him from the first minute against Brazil, placing an unprecedented offensive trident with Vargas and Ben Brereton.

The return of the Inter player, the recovery of Pulgar and the physical adjustment of Vidal (after suffering COVID) maintain an unusual Chilean hope, who will seek to give the big blow against the team led by Neymar, clear favorite to win the game ... and title.

Tite makes a mystery about its starting eleven. It is only known that Manchester City's Ederson will be the starting goalkeeper and that Neymar returns after the break against Ecuador. The PSG crack will play like PSG, loose, almost like a midfielder, although it is not clear who his attack partners will be.

The favorites are Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison, who have had the most chances in recent knockout matches. Although Firmino could be an alternative since he can play as a midfielder, sharing with Neymar the role of setter of the attack plays.

Another important question for Tite is in defense, where he has three "starters" for two places: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Militao. "Even if I'm wrong, I'm right," joked the coach about the decision he will have to make when choosing his two starting centrals.

Brazil-Chile Probable Alignments

Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, T. Silva (Militao), A. Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paquetá (Firmino); Neymar, G. Jesus, and Richarlison.

Chile: Bravo; Isla, Gary Medel, Sierralta, Mena; Erick Pulgar, Aránguiz, Vidal; Alexis Sánchez, Vargas and Brereton.

Referee: Loustau (Argentina) .

Stadium: Nilton Santos.

Time: 02: 00

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