Tite considers playing Willian in a front three with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus


 

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Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.

 

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.

 

Tite did not use his starting midfield to play with the trio.  


He also used defenders Marquinhos and Miranda during the entire hour, suggesting former captain Thiago Silva will be on the bench for the moment.

 

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.

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