The five-time champions of the World Cup will face the defending champions in the next qualifier match for the upcoming tournament at Maracana on Tuesday. Brazil is not used to playing big games outside of tournaments like the World Cup or Copa America, but with the current qualification campaign for the next World Cup causing intense pressure and anxiety, they are now feeling desperate.
The qualification process for CONMEBOL is highly competitive, as each team plays 18 matches over three years and only four automatic spots are available at the tournament. Despite being a strong team with several stars from European games and young players set to join them in future, Brazil currently sits fifth in the standings and is at risk of missing out on automatic qualification slots.
Brazil’s fans expect them to win every World Cup, regardless of their own strengths or those of their opponents. However, they should be using these qualifiers as preparation for the tournament rather than feeling so pressured. It remains unclear how they have arrived at this stage with such a strong team, but it is clear that they must win this next crucial match to secure their place in the tournament.