World Cup 2022: Neymar to be deployed in an attacking playmaking role for Brazil
World Cup 2022: Neymar to be deployed in an attacking playmaking role for Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO: Neymar will be deployed in an attacking playmaking role for Brazil at this year's World Cup as the 5-time world champions seek to capitalise on his scintillating form for Paris Saint-Germain.

The 30-year-old has nine goals and seven assists for PSG this season in eight appearances in all competitions as he enjoys the freedom of a No. 10 position behind Kylian Mbappe.

Neymar has played as a left-sided winger for Brazil, like he did throughout his four seasons at the Camp Nou, despite becoming accustomed to the position since his 2017 transfer from Barcelona to PSG.

In an interview that was aired on Brazilian television on Tuesday, Tite added, "Neymar's creative talent is amazing. "He's sharp, he has really quick perceptions, and he can avoid tackles when he's at his greatest physical and technical level," the author said. "Neymar's current position is in that (inside) pocket to the left, where he has more room to build, use his mobility, and create. He is no longer able to go outside. In 2014 and 2018, respectively. It is not for Neymar as he is right now." For the World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, Brazil has been placed in the same group with Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.

Tite, who has declared he will stand down as manager following the competition, dismissed rumours that he had offered right-back Dani Alves, 39, a spot in the team.

Alves, who left Barcelona in July and joined Mexico's UNAM Pumas, has expressed a desire to play in Qatar after missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to a knee injury.

No one has been chosen, not even him, according to Tite. "We have 50 or so players that we keep in extremely close contact with. We support and advise them to be in the best shape possible. The stakes have been raised, and there is healthy rivalry for positions."

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