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Former Brazil World Cup winner Gilberto Silva thinks that Gabriel Jesus can help lift some of the pressure off of Neymar in the Seleção shirt. The ex-Gunner has been impressed by the young City striker, who has scored 5 goals in his first 6 games for his country.
Since being selected by new coach Tite, Brazil’s fortunes have reversed and they have risen from 6th to 1st in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings. Silva thinks that Jesus has helped to remove some of the burden from Barcelona’s Neymar.
“At the moment, Brazil suffer from a dependence on Neymar, but that may change with Jesus,” explains Silva. “He can help Neymar and lift a bit of the responsibility of his shoulders. But it’s not only about Neymar and Jesus. The players need to take their responsibility to deliver what is expected from them.
“The experience they have now is very different from the 2014 World Cup. The World Cup qualifiers in South America are a big test and help you mature. That’s the level of difficulty you’d face at a Confederations Cup or a World Cup, but, in 2014, Brazil didn’t have the experience of the qualifiers.
“That was an important part that Brazil had missed out on at the time. You go to Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia and those games are very helpful. This time around they will be more experienced in terms of the big games and the circumstances. Brazil will be much better.”
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