Brazil was dealt a severe setback when Neymar had to leave the field injured, despite their excellent 2-0 victory over Serbia. The PSG forward is scheduled to miss every game during the group stage due to an injury to his ankle.
Despite the significant absence, Brazil has plenty of choices. With players like Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, and Rodrygo available as substitutes, they have a tremendous attacking depth.
Tite has enough backups to cover for Neymar’s absence, and if rumours from MARCA are to be believed, Rodrygo is the front-runner to fill Neymar’s no. 10 position. However, he is not the only choice.
Tite might switch Casemiro and Lucas Pacqueta into a double pivot with Fred or Bruno Guimares replacing Pacqueta in attacking midfield. The former started against Serbia first, whereas the latter was a late replacement.
Rodrygo is highly regarded by the Brazilian coach, as has been previously stated, and the final decision on his position will be taken during the two training sessions prior to the Brazil vs. Switzerland match.
During his time with Santos, Rodrygo spent a brief period of time playing as a second striker-cum-10 and won’t be a stranger to the position.
A large portion of Neymar’s threat can be replicated by him in the same position due to his impressive goal scoring form this season, which includes four league goals and four assists.