The Copa America starts tomorrow in Brazil with the host nation looking to win on home soil as the tournament favorites.
Brazil is the Best Team in the Tournament
Even with the absence of their best player Neymar, this Brazil side has enough fire power to win the tournament on home soil. Their roster is filled with world class talent at every position and they will be led by captain Dani Alves who has returned to the side after missing the World Cup last summer through injury. There are a few changes to the team since last summer’s disappointing World Cup with Roberto Firmino taking Gabriel Jesus’ place in the starting lineup. On the right Richarlyson of Everton has solidified his place in Tite’s side with a string of impressive performances since being given his chance with the national team. On the left Ajax youngster looks set to start in the place of injured Neymar.
In their final match before the tournament they demolished Honduras 7-0:
In Neymar’s absence a lot of the creative burden will fall on the shoulders of Coutinho who had a disappointing season with Barcelona by his standards. He will have to repay his manager’s faith in selecting him and a good tournament could go a long way in him rediscovering his true form at club level. The one doubt in midfield is when Arthur will be fit again after he suffered an injury in their victory over Honduras. He is back in training but it looks like Fernandinho or Allan might start in his place in their first game against Bolivia tomorrow.
🇧🇷 Arthur volta a treinar com bola! #DebateFinalFOXSports
Paulo Lima: "Aquela expectativa negativa de corte não existe mais." pic.twitter.com/fqFzHQnFzU
— Central FOX Brasil (@CentralFoxBR) June 13, 2019
With all of the fire power they have up front to go along with one of the best pair of goalkeepers in the world, this team’s biggest problem is who should start in certain key positions. That’s a great problem to have and Tite mentioned that when discussing the situation with Gabriel Jesus and Firmino:
— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) June 10, 2019
The Best of the Rest
This is one of the most wide open tournaments in a while once you get past the favorites Brazil. There is no clear second best team with Uruguay being the team that has the most claim. They have a generation of players that are probably playing in their last international tournaments but it’s what makes them dangerous. They’ve had the same core of stars to go along with the same manager for close to a decade at this point. Their two best players can still win any match with a moment of brilliance and for that reason they are the most likely team to challenge Brazil for the title.
As for Argentina, they will always be dangerous as long as they have the world’s best player. They’ve made quite a few changes and this group has never played together at a major tournament before. As great as he is, Messi can’t do it alone and he will need help from the likes of Sergio Aguero.
Finally, we have the always dangerous Colombians who come into the tournament looking dangerous. They will be a team to look out for and they know a good showing at this tournament will allow them to build upon the good work this current generation has done over the past several years.