With World Cup qualification already confirmed, Brazil coach Tite has just six remaining matches to fine-tune his side ahead of Russia 2018.
This month he leads his side in their final two qualifiers against Bolivia in La Paz and Chile in Sao Paulo, and has confirmed he will be using the opportunity to test some of his current reserves in game situations.
For Thursday’s test again Bolivia, Tite has confirmed he will start PSG defender Thiago Silva alongside Miranda at the heart of the defence. It is noteworthy that in Silva’s previous opportunities to impress, he has invariably come on in place of the other first-choice centre-back, Marquinhos.
Another change confirmed was the arrival of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, who will play in place of Alisson against Chile. TIte’s justification was exactly the same as he used to explain Silva’s introduction, stressing the importance of observing in a competitive environment those he may have to rely on at a later date.
It was also confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will return to his regular position wide right, relegating Willian back to the bench.
With so many of the finer points still to be addressed, studied and tested, Tite insists that the World Cup in Russia is what has been keeping him up at night.
"What’s happening now is making me lose sleep, it’s the World Cup,” he said. “My whole life has always been about the next step.”
The "next step" arrives at the altitude of La Paz on Thursday. And the final preparations for the game took place at Brazil’s Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis on Wednesday.
Though just 30 minutes of the session were open to the press, Tite did not keep his starting line-up to himself, calling his first XI together to work on tactical drills.
The team worked intensively on transitions from defence to attack and also on defensive shape, which involved the midfield helping the defence to restrict space out wide.
Brazil’s starting line-up vs Bolivia: Alisson; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Alex Sandro; Casemiro; Coutinho, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Neyma; Gabriel Jesus.