09/05/2021 at 08:00 CEST
It is a Neymar Jr. against Leo Messi. It is PSG playing against PSG in the Brazil-Argentina version. There is no possibility of conflict in the South American superclassic (this Sunday at 21:00 CEST) qualifying for Qatar 2022 that is held at the Neo Química Arena, in Sao Paulo. The cohabitation of the two ’10’ in Paris lowers the temperature and animosity. The friendship of a society that was born in the Camp Nou and that now lives its second stage in France without the envy on the part of the Brazilian star prevails.
On paper, the rivalry between the two teams will be anesthetized by the complicity of their absolutist kings. The good trajectory of Canarinha and Albiceleste, unbeaten in seven games and with the Brazilians with a full to 21, reduces the sporting significance of the clash. Regardless of what happens, the set of Tite will maintain its leadership and those of Scaloni they will remain in a comfortable qualifying position. This time, there are no surprises in the very long South American qualifiers.
What is at stake is pride, intangibles. “I grew up learning that a Brazil-Argentina is a different match and you only compete with who you admire”, ensures Tite. His Brazil faces very decimated the revenge of the Maracanzo that Argentina inflicted on him in the Copa América final in July. There is no Marquinhos, sanctioned for card accumulation, nor are the new internationals who stayed in England by decision of their respective clubs.
AN IMPROVISED DEFENSE TO STOP LEO
The Canarinho coach will have to improvise the central pair, where the veteran Miranda (now in Sao Paulo) could reappear alongside the Real Madrid player Eder Militao. Two substitutes to try to stop Leo Messi.
The Seleçao will not have the best version of Neymar, that he showed in the victory in Chile (0-1), which is in a very low level of form at the beginning of the course. It is not the best scenario to measure up to an Albiceleste that comes with all its headlines, ready to scrub her continental title, in which she broke a 28-year title drought.
Messi will be 100%. The entry suffered in Venezuela was in shock. His new challenge is to finally score a goal for the Seleçao in official matches. His five goals against Canarinha were always in friendlies.
THE POSSIBLE ALIGNMENTS OF BRAZIL – ARGENTINA
BRAZIL: Weverton; Danilo, Éder Militao, Miranda and Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Gerson, Lucas Paquetá, Everton Ribeiro; Neymar and Gabigol.
ARGENTINA: Emiliano Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Di María, Lautaro Martínez and Leo Messi.
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (Venezuela).
Stadium: Neo Química Arena (Sao Paulo).
Schedule: At 21:00 CEST.