Brazil stars gear up for Saudi Arabia clash as Tite confirms Ederson will start ahead of Alisson


Brazil have added the final touches to their preparations for Friday’s clash against Saudi Arabia.

Tite put his men through their paces on Thursday in Riyadh before confirming Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has been given the nod over Liverpool rival Alisson to start in goal for the friendly.

Ederson, 25, admitted in a press conference earlier this week that Brazil team-mate Alisson was ahead of him in the national team pecking order.

Brazil boss Tite has confirmed Ederson will start in goal ahead of Alisson against Saudi Arabia

Brazil boss Tite has confirmed Ederson will start in goal ahead of Alisson against Saudi Arabia

Brazil boss Tite has confirmed Ederson will start in goal ahead of Alisson against Saudi Arabia

Neymar and co were put through their paces on Thursday for the last time before the match

Neymar and co were put through their paces on Thursday for the last time before the match

Neymar and co were put through their paces on Thursday for the last time before the match

The Brazilian players worked on all aspects of the game, including several fitness exercises

The Brazilian players worked on all aspects of the game, including several fitness exercises

The Brazilian players worked on all aspects of the game, including several fitness exercises

But the City No 1, who has made just one senior international appearance, has been told by Brazil boss Tite that he will start in Riyadh.

‘(On Monday), just after training, he (Tite) talked to me and Alisson,’ Ederson told a press conference during their training camp at Tottenham’s Enfield base.

‘He said I’m going to play the first game and Alisson the second. I was very happy and I feel prepared.’

Ederson, who joined City from Benfica for £35million in July 2017, played second fiddle at Russia 2018 to Alisson, who started every match.

Ederson had previously said this week that Alisson (back right) was one step ahead of him

Ederson had previously said this week that Alisson (back right) was one step ahead of him

Ederson had previously said this week that Alisson (back right) was one step ahead of him

However, after impressing his boss in training this week, Tite has decided to start him on Friday

However, after impressing his boss in training this week, Tite has decided to start him on Friday

However, after impressing his boss in training this week, Tite has decided to start him on Friday

Alisson is in his first season at Liverpool after his £67m summer move from Roma and the two goalkeepers went head-to-head for their respective clubs in last Sunday’s goalless Premier League draw at Anfield.

Brazil have beaten the USA 2-0 and El Salvador 5-0 since losing to Belgium in the last eight of the World Cup in Kazan.

Despite their quarter-final exit, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho said Tite’s squad had learned a lot from Russia 2018 and are looking to regain momentum before hosting next summer’s 2019 Copa America.

‘(The World Cup) is a tournament that demands a lot,’ Coutinho said. ‘All the pressure it puts on you requires a lot psychologically.

Roberto Firmino (centre) dribbles the ball during Thursday's training session in Riyadh

Roberto Firmino (centre) dribbles the ball during Thursday's training session in Riyadh

Roberto Firmino (centre) dribbles the ball during Thursday’s training session in Riyadh

Brazil stars get drenched in water as the sprinklers go off during their final training session

Brazil stars get drenched in water as the sprinklers go off during their final training session

Brazil stars get drenched in water as the sprinklers go off during their final training session

‘But sure enough, the players leave more experienced. I feel a bit more experienced after having participated in a World Cup and now we have started a new cycle.

‘I’m very happy to be here one more time. Thinking ahead, we have important competitions. The Copa America is next and until then we have to form a strong base.’

Hannover midfielder Walace has been recalled to the squad for Friday’s game and next Tuesday’s friendly against Argentina in Jeddah, while Barcelona forward Malcom, Bordeaux defender Pablo and Gremio goalkeeper Phelipe have all received their first senior call-ups.



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