With the World Cup just round the corner the manager of the Brazil national team, Tite, has confirmed that he plans to start Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus ahead of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.
“It is true that Firmino did better than Gabriel Jesus, who was injured in the season,” Tite confessed. “But Gabriel in the Seleção plays very well. So yes, today he is our No.9.”
Brazil are blessed with options in the attacking department as both players have been in fine form this season.
Jesus, despite suffering a medial collateral ligament injury, chipped in with 13 goals and 3 assists in his 19 league appearances while Firmino enjoyed the best season in his career. Sensational form in the Champions League saw him score 10 and assist 7 in 12 appearances in Europe’s elite competition.
Both strikers are undeniable talents and completely warrant a place at the World Cup. But it seems that Jesus’ past performances for Brazil and his close relationship with Neymar has given the City forward the advantage.
Neymar and Jesus starred as Brazil won the 2016 Olympic gold.
The decision has sparked a feud on Twitter as Liverpool and City fans debate whether Tite is right to shelve Firmino in favour of Jesus…
Jesus is amazing for Brazil. There is a reason why Tite prefers him
— City Fan 21 (@MerlinTwentyOne) May 13, 2018
Omg Tite giving the armband to Jesus in Firmino’s home ground, I LOVE THIS GAME.
— Alb Marce (@LCLyon9) May 16, 2018
If Brazil win world cup,then jesus Ballon d or!
— Sourav Mehta (@sauravmehta1) May 15, 2018
Why??Firmin isn't going to takeover Jesus in Brazil…Man was their top scorer…He earned his own start when Firmino was not great..Firmino hasnt done anything in 18 games when given the chance
— Nuseli_god (@Nuseli_god) May 15, 2018
And Jesus starts
— Scott 🤙🏽 (@_ScottBurgess19) May 13, 2018
Missed nearly half the season too, class season from a class player
— PackedMouse (@PackedMouse) May 13, 2018