Roma goalkeeper Alisson to captain Brazil against Russia

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The shot-stopper with become the 15th captain under Tite's rotational policy while Douglas Costa and Thiago Silva will be handed starts

Alisson will captain Brazil on Friday when the Selecao meet World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.

The Roma goalkeeper will be the 15th player to captain Brazil in 18 matches under current coach Tite.

Following Friday’s clash at the Luzhniki, Gabriel Jesus will be the only member of Tite’s preferred starting XI not to have worn the armband.

The captaincy became a contentious issue for Brazil following Neymar’s public resignation from the role shortly after leading Brazil to gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016

Upon his July 2016 appointment, Tite took the decision not to appoint a permanent captain, borrowing from his time at Corinthians where he had rotated the armband around the squad.

"I don’t do it just to be nice. I've learned that leadership requires a number of qualities,” Tite said last year. “It's behavioural, tactical, technical, about communication… everyone has these to varying degrees. I try to encourage players to show theirs.”

He has repeatedly insisted that there are “many leaders” in the squad and this week in Moscow the players were each handed a copy of ‘Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life’, by college basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

 

Posted by Brasil Global Tour on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday also saw Tite confirm his team for the match with Russia, personally running passing and positional drills with his starting XI.

With Neymar absent through injury, Douglas Costa will replace the PSG man on the left of Tite’s 4-1-4-1.

Philippe Coutinho will once again be trialled in a central midfield role as Renato Augusto is relegated to the bench and Thiago Silva will replace Marquinhos at the heart of the defence alongside Miranda.

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