Ex-Münchner takes over Neymar role
Douglas Costa will play against Russia in Neymar’s position. Brazil’s national coach announces further changes.
Former Munich-based Bundesliga pro Douglas Costa will assume the role of injured superstar Neymar in Brazil’s international game in Russia on Friday. This was confirmed by national coach Tite after the final training on Thursday.
But before the duel with the World Cup hosts in Moscow, the 56-year-old remarked: “Neymar is irreplaceable. Douglas Costa will not replace him, he will be Douglas Costa,” Neymar had suffered a hairline fracture in the right metatarsus at the end of February and was operated on about three weeks ago.
Four days before the match against Germany in Berlin, Tite also announced two more changes in his ideal team. In the Luschniki Stadium, on 15. Thiago Silva will replace his club mate Marquinhos (both Paris St. Germain) in the centre-back position.
Chelsea professional Willian joins the team for Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) from Leverkusen. Both regulars are to be spared for lack of fitness for the duel with the world champion.