I’ve proven myself for Brazil despite lack of Roma game-time – Alisson

The 24-year-old insists his failure to break into his club side has no bearing on his ability to perform for the Selecao

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has rejected suggestions his lack of playing time at club level will have any impact on his ability to keep goal for the Selecao this month, insisting he has already proved himself under coach Tite.

The former Internacional man has been first-choice for his country for over a year, but is yet to make a single league appearance for Roma this season, with his involvement restricted to 13 cup matches for the Italian club.

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The 24-year-old is under increased pressure with Benfica’s in-form Ederson joining the squad this week.

“I've proven that even without playing [for my club], I can do a good job here with Brazil,” Alisson said.

“It's difficult, but we have to play with the hand we are dealt. The expectation on all the players is always very high, and I will always work hard to meet those expectations."

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He added: "I feel 100%. Of course, I'm a bit tired after a long trip [from Italy], but nothing beats the joy of representing your country alongside so many players of such high quality. 

“I trained with [goalkeeping coach] Taffarel [on Tuesday in Sao Paulo], not as intensely as usual, because we were still two days away from the game. 

“But I am 100% and I have been training hard in Italy to ensure I am always ready for join up with the Selecao.”

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Alisson also heaped praise on Ederson, praising the youngster’s recent form and insisting the 23-year-old deserves his first call-up under Tite.

"He’s doing a great job,” Alisson said. 

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“He’s young and has a lot of potential. He's in great form for his team, Benfica, who are top of the Portuguese league. I think Brazil are very well served with goalkeepers and we have options for many years to come.”

Alisson has played every minute of the six World Cup qualifiers under Tite, conceding just a single goal as the Selecao romped to six consecutive victories.

Brazil meet Uruguay in Montevideo on Thursday before hosting Paraguay in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

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