FORTALEZA, Brazil (SportingAlert) — Brazil national head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is contemplating changes ahead of his team’s exciting World Cup quarter-finals clash with Colombia on Friday.
According to news from the Brazil camp, both Fred and Hulk could be drop from the starting team, while Scolari is also looking into the possibility of a formation change for the upcoming encounter.
Fred and Hulk have both been disappointing thus far at the World Cup, which sees the tournament host relying heavily on the brilliance of Neymar.
On Friday they face a Colombian side that work together as a group and is very dangerous in the final third when playmaker James Rodríguez has the ball.
It is understood that Scolari is looking to bring in more energy players, with both Willian and Ramires lining up for starting roles.
The out of sort Fred, who had a very impressive 2013 Confederations Cup, where he scored five goals in five games, has managed just one goal so far at the tournament, while Hulk is yet to contribute in the scoring department here in Brazil.
Neymar could move into a more central role on the forward line for Brazil on Friday, which will allow Oscar the freedom he needs to drop into the pocket of spaces right behind the striker instead of being stock outside on the flank.
The other center forward in the team, Jo, is not being considered for a starting role, despite Fred’s struggles, as his own contribution at the World Cup so far has also been very disappointing.
Brazil will be without Luiz Gustavo in the middle of the pitch as he is suspended for one game for picking up successive yellow cards.
Paulinho replaces him and is set to play alongside Fernandinho.
Brazil face Colombia at the Estadio Castelao here in Fortaleza at 17:00 Local time.