Brazil will begin their FIFA World Cup campaign in a week as they kick things off against Serbia in Group H on November 24.
Ahead of the tournament, manager Tite has been working hard with his players to prepare them for the competition and lead the Selecao to the trophy they have not won since the triumph in 2002.
Real Madrid have three players in the Brazil squad that has travelled to Qatar for the World Cup in the form of Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes.
But, according to Mario Cortegana, none of the three Real Madrid players are likely to be a part of the starting lineup for Brazil at the World Cup.
The journalist claims that the Selecao’s training sessions are providing an indication of manager Tite’s plans for the tournament and as things stand, none of the Real Madrid trio seem to feature as part of his starting XI.
It was expected considering the wealth of talent that Brazil have in their roster. With Thiago Silva and Marquinhos locking down the centre-back spots, Militao was always going to be the third-choice centre-half.
He has been used as a right-back by Tite in the past but there too he will have to contend with competition from Danilo and Dani Alves.
As for Vinicius, he would have to directly compete with Neymar for a berth on the left flank. So, his selection in the starting XI was always going to be difficult.
Rodrygo also has competition from the likes of Raphinha, Richarlison and Antony, making it hard for him to get into the team as well.
Both the Real Madrid forwards have been in fine form this season at the club level. But they may have to settle for a secondary role in the national team setup at the World Cup.