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Marcelo will not start Mexico game

  • Published at 01:00 am July 2nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:01 am July 2nd, 2018
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Brazil's Marcelo during training in Russia in June

Left-back Marcelo, who was forced off the field in their final Group E game against Serbia, will not feature in Brazil’s starting XI against Mexico in the last 16 of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Samara Monday, confirmed manager Tite in the official press conference Sunday.

Tite said they will field the same starting XI against Mexico, with the exception of Marcelo’s replacement Filipe Luis.

"I spoke with Marcelo and I told him that in a normal situation, where there is competition for the position, he would play, he has behaved very well, because he could have said he had discomfort and that he preferred to rest, but he has decided to come to training," Tite explained.

"He is very committed to the team. I have spoken with the physical trainer and with the medical staff and the reality is that he is about to play 45 or 60 minutes, no more.

"To try to win we are not going to put anyone's health in danger, he has trained now and after training I asked him if he was in a position to play, and he said yes, I could count on him.

"But we do not want to risk, because, in addition, it can be a game of 120 minutes," he added.

Brazil physical trainer Fabio Mahseredjian said, "On days 28 and 29 he did little, he trained, but without getting in touch, they are crashing or fighting too much. 

"This leads us to the conclusion that we are concerned about a game that could reach 120 minutes, in which, in addition, temperatures of 34 or 35 degrees (centigrade) are expected, with high humidity, and this means additional physical wear and tear. 

"(Marcelo) has seen five days with little activity and this can mean a greater wear, so it is better not to force," he added.