Despite their five-time championships, Brazil is currently in danger of falling out of the automatic qualification slots for the next World Cup. This pressure and anxiety is causing intense emotions among the team members, as they are not used to feeling desperate or playing many big games outside of tournaments like the World Cup or Copa America.
CONMEBOL qualifying is known for its competitiveness, with each team playing 18 matches over three years and only four automatic spaces at the tournament. The expanded 48-team tournament allows for six South American teams to qualify, but Brazil currently sits fifth in the standings, making their position in the qualification campaign uncertain.
The Brazil squad is filled with stars from European games and several young players who will join them in the future. There are few obvious weaknesses in their starting lineup, making their current position in the standings a surprise. However, this success has come at a cost, as fans expect them to win every World Cup regardless of their opponents’ strengths.
Brazil should be using these games as preparation for the tournament rather than feeling so pressured by their qualification. They need to focus on improving their performance and securing a spot in the automatic qualification slots before it’s too late. As they head into their next crucial match against the defending champions at Maracana on Tuesday, it’s clear that pressure is high, but they need to rise above it if they want to continue being one of the greatest soccer teams of all time.