Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brazil Boss Firms Up World Cup Partner for Jesus

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brazil Boss Firms Up World Cup Partner for Jesus

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GABRIEL Jesus could have a new strike partner for the World Cup this summer.

The City frontman is back in action after returning from a two-month lay-off in the Carabao Cup final with Arsenal. Brazil coach Tite has regularly watched the Blues this season as he formulates his plans for the upcoming tournament.

And after watching Liverpool, he believes Roberto Firmino could prove a handy partner for the 20-year-old.

"I can see Firmino playing with Jesus." he said. "Firmino is originally a 10 who always played with a 9. He is a 10 who learned how to play as a 9. "A front four of [Philippe] Coutinho and Neymar as playmakers behind the two strikers could be our solution against opponents sitting deep.

"Brazil has lacked alternatives in previous World Cups and it cost us big. …

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