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Brazil's Tite: 'Douglas Costa will not replace Neymar, he will be Douglas Costa'

Brazil's Tite: 'Douglas Costa will not replace Neymar, he will be Douglas Costa'
From ESPN - March 22, 2018

Brazil boss Tite says Neymar is "irreplaceable" to the Selecaoand has advised his substitute, Douglas Costa, to be himself, not the PSG star, for the upcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Neymar is back in Brazil as he recovers from surgery on a broken bone in his right foot and will miss the March 23 and March 27 matches.

Tite has selected Costa to start in his place for the match against Russia on Friday, but cautioned that the Juventus winger not to try and replicate Neymar's displays.

"Neymar is irreplaceable. For the high level and quality he has, among the top three [players]. Douglas Costa will not replace Neymar, he will be Douglas Costa," Tite said at a news conference on Thursday.

Tite added of his talisman: "We have to assumethe responsibility of being strong as a team. I ca not put it on the back of the main player, of the most famous, to solve things.

"Kaka said he was considered the best in the world because the team was very good. The last Brazilian to win the Ballon d'Or, but spoke of team strength, it's greatness. Neymar will be strong if the team is strong."

The former Corinthians coach is expected to mix-up his midfield against the Russians, choosing a trio of Casemiro, Paulinhoand Philippe Coutinho to pull the strings.

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