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Neymar and Firmino to start against the Super Eagles

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Neymar and Roberto Firmino will spearhead Brazil’s attack against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their international friendly, according to coach Tite.
Neymar Jnr and Firmino celebrate a goal for Brazil

Neymar and Firmino both started the friendly match against Senegal, with Firmino going on to score Brazil’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw with the Teranga Lions.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, the 58-year-old former Corinthians manager explained his selection for the match.

“We will play with two strikers, Neymar and Firmino, and two men on the side,” Tite told media. “It will open up a bigger area of action in the offensive phase. Neymar has been playing like that for PSG a lot.

“After leaving Barcelona, he has been used in a central position.” Against Nigeria, Tite is expected to change formation, with Everton Cebolinha and Gabriel Jesus getting offensive roles.

“For me, football is a balance,” he continued. “When a team is overly defensive or offensive, you suffer.“Balancing the team is our challenge. And this must be shown not just in theory, but on the field.”

Nigeria, who boasts just one win from their past four games will use the encounter billed for the Singapore National Stadium as a warmup for November’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with the Benin Republic and Lesotho.

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