Brazil summon Gabriel to replace suspended Neymar
Brazil have called up the Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa to replace suspended Neymar in their squad to face Paraguay in their next match.
Neymar was booked during Brazil’s 2-2 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw played against Uruguay and will miss Brazil’s next match of the CONMEBOL section in Asuncion next week.
Gabriel has represented Brazil successfully at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level and the popular 19-year-old has been viewed by some as Neymar’s potential heir playing at Santos – the club the Barcelona superstar had left when he moved to Spain in 2013.
Corinthians defender Felipe has also been importantly called up by Dunga, as a yellow card for David Luiz against Uruguay implies that the Paris Saint-Germain centre-back is also ruled out.
The showdown between the Barca team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez attracted much of the pre-match attention and the latter, on his return from an international ban dating back to him biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hit Uruguay’s equalizer with a low drive.
Brazil led through first-half goals from the players Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto but Dani Alves sincerely feels it is unfair to expect himself or Neymar to reach the heights they do with their supreme club squad.
“We are talking about another level of game, about another kind of game,” he told reporters.
“And I’ll repeat: if people want to see me playing like I do for Barcelona, they have to go and see me in Barcelona.
“For Brazil, we don’t play in the same way as Barcelona because we don’t have the same philosophy and it’s a bit more complicated because we display other characteristics.”
The fullback added: “We are always frustrated when we don’t manage to win. That always happens, no matter the place, the stadium.