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Tite: 'Neymar not irreplaceable for Brazil'

Brazil boss Tite suggests that Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is not guaranteed a starting role in the national team.

Brazil boss Tite has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is not "irreplaceable" in the national team.

Since making his debut in 2010, Neymar has contributed 61 goals from 101 appearances for his country, which includes appearances at two World Cups.

However, while acknowledging the importance of the 28-year-old, Tite has insisted that the attacker is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.

Tite is quoted by France Football as saying: "Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable. In each match, I ask myself the same question: how to get the best out of him, build and balance the team around him?

"The position where I found him performing best at a club, as in the national team, was when he played in Barcelona, on the left side to come inside.

"In other words, starting from one side, where he worked with the environment, then using his perception of the game, his speed of reflection and execution, his capacity for improvisation, and adding his speed to it."

Neymar has been at PSG since August 2017, netting 69 goals from 78 appearances in all competitions.

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