Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is ready to leave both his strikers on the bench for their World Cup quarter-final against Colombia in Fortaleza tonight, in what is expected to be an enthralling encounter.
According to the Daily Mirror, Scolari has been strongly debating whether to start either Jo or national hero Fred - his only recognised strikers - in a bid to solve his vulnerable tactics.
Both players have come under extreme criticism for their lacklustre performances in the tournament so far, with particular focus on Fluminense forward Fred, who has looked lethargic and unconvincing, with his attempt to lead the line.
'Big Phil', as he is widely known, is now considering changing his tactical approach after switching things around in training, with hard-hitter Hulk set to move into a more central position.
Ramires and Rodriguez
The idea of moving Hulk moving infield, will enforce the idea of packing the Brazilian midfield to try and stop the audacious attacking threat of Colombian star man, James Rodriguez.
22-year-old Monaco man Rodriguez, is not only tournament's current top goalscorer but also has the joint top assist record with Germany's Thomas Müller, highlighting his intention to create many opportunities as well as scoring.
“I’ve never played against him but I’ve been watching him since he was at Porto, Ramires told reporters.
"I saw Rodriguez had quality and he is doing great in this World Cup. He is the Colombian player we have to keep an eye on most. He has been outstanding and he is leading them.”
Ramires, will most certainly have his work cut out tonight against not just what could be a relentless attacking prowess, if Scolari chooses him to start.
Do or die
The incredible pressure and weight of expectancy has not died down whatsoever for the host nation. In-fact the longer their progress continues, the heavier it will become and it is because of this, that may see them depart the tournament.
This is no doubt this is unthinkable situation for any Brazil fan to ponder. However, the hosts will be facing the best team they have faced in Colombia, and probably the best team of the World Cup thus far.
Many neutrals will be thinking that the Colombians will be too good for their South American neighbours tonight which may be the case but if Brazil's support can drive them on like never before, they will have a great chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Lets not forget they have a special player themselves in Neymar.
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