Sunday, June 27, 2010

Brazil vs Chile: Probable First Eleven of Dunga

Brazil takes on Chile in a round of 16 clash on Monday (27 June) in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2010. There are many who believe it would be an easy affair for the five-time world champion, but it is pretty much understandable that Chile would give a stiff competition in their bid to reach the quarter final of the tournament.

With Kaka, Elano and Robinho returning to first eleven, Brazil is expected to be stronger. Kaka was shown red card during Brazil’s 3-1 win over Ivory Coast and missed the goalless draw with Portugal. Now, Kaka is available for selection and Brazilian fans are expecting that Kaka would return fresh and get his rhythm back against Chile.

Robinho was given a rest for the Portugal encounter so that he can recover from his minor thigh injury. The winger has been declared fit for the Chile showdown, so coach Dunga would almost certainly keep him in the first eleven.

Elano has got over the right ankle injury suffered during the Ivory Coast match. The injury kept him out for the last group stage match against Portugal. However, the midfielder is now available for selection ahead of the round of 16 encounter against Chile.

However, defensive midfielder Felipe Melo is doubtful with an ankle injury picked up in the match against Portugal. Brazil team doctor Jose Luis Runco has also indicated that the midfielder is racing against time to get fit for the match. If Melo fails to recover fully, Josué could take his place in the starting line up.

Probable First XI

Júlio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Josué (if Felipe Melo is not fit), Elano, Kaká, Robinho, Luís Fabiano

1 comment:

  1. your first eleven is actually only 10.