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Real Madrid ace to gain more prominence for Brazil at World Cup after another injury



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Brazil, widely tipped as one of the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, have been hit by injuries since the start of the tournament.

Star main Neymar was injured in the opener against Serbia while Danilo also hurt his ankle and missed the last two matches. Alex Sandro also picked up a knock ahead of the Round of 16 stages.

Now, as per the latest update from MARCA, Selecao have been rocked by two more injuries in the camp as Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup.

Jesus started for Brazil in their last group game against Cameroon yesterday and played for a little more than an hour. However, he left with a back discomfort and it has now been confirmed that he will need at least three weeks to recover.

Jesus’ exit from the World Cup, coupled with Neymar’s own injury problem, opens the door for Real Madrid forward Rodrygo to gain greater prominence in the Brazil roster for the remainder of the tournament, reports MARCA.

Rodrygo made substitute appearances in the first two matches against Serbia and Switzerland before starting against Cameroon last night. The 21-year-old was a bright spot for Tite’s side in the defeat to the African nation.

The Real Madrid youngster has given a good account of himself in each of his three appearances in Qatar so far. And, given the mounting injury worries in the squad, Tite could now rely even more on the former Santos wonderkid.

Apart from Rodrygo, the Brazil manager also has the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Antony and Pedro as options in the attacking unit, who could pair up alongside Richarlison and Vinicius Jr, who are permanent fixtures in the frontline.

Having topped Group G, Brazil will take on Group H runners-up South Korea in the Round of 16 of the World Cup, with the game set to be played on Monday night.

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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich



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Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.

A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.

Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.

This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.

However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.

It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.

The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.

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