Twin World Cup winner Cafu stated Wednesday that Brazil have the depth in expertise to cowl for injured talisman Neymar, backing the Selecao to no less than attain the Copa America last as hosts.
Brazil’s possibilities of profitable the world’s oldest worldwide continental trophy for a ninth time suffered a blow final week when Neymar was dominated out of the competitors with an ankle ligament harm.
However 22-year-old forwards David Neres, Richarlison and Gabriel Jess are able to fill the void left by the Paris Saint-Germain No. 10, in line with Cafu.
“I am sure that the Brazilian crew will attain the ultimate,” the previous Roma and Milan right-back advised reporters. “Then now we have different nice groups that may make it, corresponding to Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay.”
Brazil will kick off the event towards Bolivia at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium on Friday earlier than going through Peru and Venezuela in Group A.
The ultimate might be performed at Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium on July 7.
Cafu cited the 2002 World Cup, when the Selecao misplaced captain Emerson with a shoulder harm simply earlier than the event, for instance of how no participant is indispensable.
“We misplaced Emerson 10 hours earlier than our debut within the competitors,” stated Cafu, who additionally gained soccer’s high prize in 1994. “He was our reference, our captain, and ultimately, Brazil had been world champions with out having one in all our greatest gamers on the time.”
Cafu, 49, described Neymar’s absence as “an vital loss” however backed head coach Tite to discover a appropriate substitute. “Neymar is so harmful and one of many greatest references in Brazilian soccer. Whoever takes his place must carry his recreation to a different degree.