Are we gear up for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, one the favorites are Brazil, and it looks like Brazil coach Tite is thinking of an attacking trip of Willian, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus in what might be the best attacking force in world football.
Willian played with the two star strikers for about an hour in the first training with footballs at the Granja Comary ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro during a recent training session.
If Willian is brought in to the team, Tite could remove midfielder Renato Augusto from the starting lineup, put Philippe Coutinho in his place, and open a gap for Willian.
Since last year, Tite has said he needs a ‘pacemaker,’ and considers Coutinho one of his main options for the role.
Beijing Guoan’s Augusto is under pressure after unconvincing performances in Brazil’s midfield. Augusto’s spot is also eyed by Fred, one of the surprises of Tite’s squad.
The midfielder said he admired Brazil players who began a World Cup on the bench and later became starters, such as Mazinho (1994) and Kleberson (2002).
‘We can get inspiration from them, these players worked very hard to get their spot,’ Fred said. ‘But if I have to be out I will keep working hard.’
Fred also said he was torn between a transfer to Manchester United or Manchester City. Fred said he had an offer from City in January, and both were now talking to his Shakhtar Donetsk club about a transfer.
‘Maybe after the World Cup I will make the choice,’ the midfielder said. ‘Now I am only thinking about the World Cup.’
Fred said he believes his future is outside Ukraine, and doing well in the English Premier League like other Brazilians such as Chelsea’s Willian.