Both Brazil and Mexico will be forced to make changes when they meet in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinal match in Samara on Monday.
Brazil are heading into the game under considerable pressure, given the way the heavyweights in Argentina, Portugal, Spain, and Germany have crashed out early from the tournament.
However, the five-time champions, despite not being flamboyant, have done their job better than most teams in Russia.
Tite and his men opened their campaign with an uninspiring draw against Switzerland. However, they have steadily improved over the course of the round robin stage, beating Costa Rica with two late goals and then Serbia with ease.
On the other hand, Mexico are heading into the match on the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their last round-robin tie on June 27.
The El Tri though will be hoping to put behind the loss and instead take confidence from the way they had stunned Germany in their opening game.
“It’s a titanic task against a great team, but we’re going to try.
When we can we’ll attack, obviously when the game gives us chances where we can attack in the transition from defense to attack, but the thought isn’t to go out and try to pack it in our own box.” says Mexico Coach Osorio.
Possible line ups:
Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.
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