Brazil, the five-time champions of the World Cup, will face off against the defending champions at the Maracana on Tuesday. Despite not typically playing many big games outside of tournaments like the World Cup or Copa America, they are currently feeling intense pressure and anxiety in their quest to qualify for the next tournament.
The CONMEBOL qualifying campaign is known for being fiercely competitive, with each team playing 18 matches over three years and only four automatic spots at the tournament. Despite being one of six South American teams that can qualify for the 48-team tournament, Brazil currently sits fifth in the standings and is facing elimination from automatic qualification.
The Brazil squad boasts an impressive roster of stars from European games as well as several young players who will be joining them in future competitions. With few obvious weaknesses in their starting lineup, it’s surprising that they find themselves in this position.
Brazil’s fans expect nothing less than a victory in every World Cup match, regardless of their opponents’ strengths or Brazil’s own capabilities. However, they should remember that their qualification is not a given; rather, it must be earned through hard work and determination. As they prepare for their next crucial match, it remains unclear how they have gotten to this stage with such a talented team but under so much pressure.