Brazil’s decision not to start Bruno Guimaraes in their FIFA World Cup Group G clash with Serbia on 24 November has been met with bemusement from fans.
The Newcastle United midfielder has been a revelation since arriving at St James’ Park from Olympique Lyonnais in January for €42.1 million.
Guimaraes has made 14 appearances across competitions this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists.
He has earned eight international caps for Brazil, scoring one goal, and many had expected him to be a starter at the FIFA World Cup.
However, Selecao boss Tite has opted to start Guimaraes on the bench, with West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta chosen to partner Manchester United’s Casemiro in midfield.
It is a strong lineup for the nation, which many believe are the favorites to win the tournament in Qatar.
Alisson Becker starts in goal, with Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, and Alex Sandro in defense.
As mentioned, Casemiro and Paqueta are in midfield and sit behind a scintillating attack.
The in-form Neymar, who has bagged 15 goals and 12 assists in 20 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain, is given a free-roaming role.
He also captains the side and is behind an attack consisting of Raphinha, Richarlison, and Vinicius Junior.
All eyes will be on how Tite’s midfield performs, with many believing Guimaraes deserved to start.
Here are some reactions from fans on Twitter to the Newcastle midfielder’s omission: