A complete squad overhaul is not what Brazil require to make a better fist of winning the 2018 World Cup, according to Luiz Felipe Scolari.
In fact, he is convinced that at least 14 members of the current crop who failed on home soil will be retained in the squad in four year’s time.
We are not so convinced here at news.bwin.com/en/ and believe that only four of the current batch will still be starters by the time the tournament heads to Russia in 2018.
Gabriel was not even in the initial Brazil squad for the 2012 Olympics, but after being called up as a late replacement, he started the last four games.
He has since made his full international debut and performed creditably when starting for AC Milan, where he is soon expected to become number one.
Thiago Silva‘s absence in the semi-final defeat to Germany has already been well documented and his position as the country’s best defender has only been enhanced.
Coming through the ranks, Marquinhos has already moved to PSG for a monster sum and should he build a formidable club partnership with Silva, they should be paired together internationally.
Young right-backs are not in great supply and Rafael may flourish under Louis van Gaal at Man Utd, while on the opposite flank, Alex Sandro is highly regarded and is expected to make a big move from Porto in the near future.
Neymar will obviously be retained as the number 10, while Bernard is worth persevering with. On the opposite flank, Scolari may be ruing his decision to leave behind Lucas Moura, as his pace would have caused Germany far greater problems.
Luis Gustavo is still only 26 and, prior to facing Germany, he did a good job at shackling opposing playmakers.
Alongside him, Philippe Coutinho showed potential in a deeper position for Liverpool last season, combining tackling with creativity, and this is what Brazil will need if attempting to play with the same flair and fearlessness synonymous with teams in the past.
The one area where Brazil need to find a young gun bursting through the ranks. It is amazing how a nation that has historically created the likes of Ronaldo, Pele and Romario currently lacks any deadly finisher.
Maybe the answer is the superbly-named Mosquito, who has previously been linked with Chelsea despite not long ago turning 18.
Mosquito scored four goals at the last U-17 World Cup, is fast, a Futsal expert and has already made his debut in the Copa Libertadores.