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‘Neymar is essential but not irreplaceable’ Brazil coach insists

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Neymar is essential to the Brazil national team and gives them a unique dimension but head coach Tite insists the PSG man is not irreplaceable.

Neymar remains a key figure in the Brazil ranks but can be replaced if it comes to it, as per head coach Tite.

At the age of 28, the PSG forward has already bagged an impressive 101 caps for Brazil, while rising to third in the Selecao all time top-scorers, only behind Pele and Ronaldo Nazario.

Neymar has also featured in two World Cups for Brazil but has only ever won one competition with his national side – the 2013 Confederations Cup.

He missed the chance to add to his tally after an injury kept him out of Brazil’s squad for the Copa America last summer, which the Selecao went on to win in his absence.

Neymar was set to be recalled to the Brazil national team, but the current coronavirus outbreak has seen this year’s Copa America postponed to next summer.

Head coach Tite has praised what the former Barcelona man brings to the team, but added that they can cope without him as well.

“Neymar reassures you, because he brings unpredictability to your game” the Brazil head coach told France Football

“Because he will offer you an individual or collective solution that others cannot, and with him, the potential of a team is not the same, because he will sparkle. The Neymar I am speaking of is the one who was within full mental and physical capacities.”

“Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable.”

The PSG forward has been in stellar form for the French outfit this season, boasting 19 goal contributions in 15 league games so far.