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Juninho sees no reason why Neymar and Vini cannot play together

Both Neymar and Vinicius Jr prefer to play on the left side of the field.

Juninho, on the other hand, feels the two might start working together to tremendous effect for Brazil.

Brazil duo Neymar and Vinicius Jr could thrive in the same starting XI.

Despite, both forwards preferring to play in the same position, according to Juninho.

While Neymar is out with an injury, Vinicius has been called up to play in Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.

Vinicius has only played nine times for Brazil and has yet to score a goal.

Only made two starts, against Chile in September and Argentina in November.

The Real Madrid winger had battled for consistency before this season.

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But under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti, he has thrived for Los Blancos.

Only Karim Benzema (33) has more direct goal contributions for Madrid in all competitions than Vinicius, who has scored 15 times and provided eight assists.

Neymar, meanwhile, has had another stuttering season with Paris Saint-Germain.

In total, he only made 14 appearances in all competitions, and he only completed 90 minutes nine times.

Should he be fit, however, Neymar will undoubtedly be Brazil’s top man in Qatar in November.

With Vinicius in such good form, a spot in Tite’s squad appears to be a foregone conclusion.

And inquired as to whether the attackers, who both operate mostly from the left wing in a 4-3-3 configuration, might play together.

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) director Juninho believes there is no reason why not.

“The two of them can play together,” Juninho told Spanish radio show El Larguero.

“Vinicius shows his quality at Madrid and is beginning to show it for the national team now.

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“He’s improving every game. Now he’s been playing very well for a while.

“Like [Philippe] Coutinho or [Lucas] Paqueta, they can also play together.”

Juninho may be convinced Neymar and Vinicius fit into the same side.

But neither would be suited to playing a central role in Tite’s preferred 4-3-3 system.

While both are at their best when given the freedom to drift inside from the left, rather than the right.

Neymar and Vinicius stats:

Neymar is having a poor season in terms of the end product.

He has only scored three goals (and one of those was a penalty) and provided as many assists.

while he has also underperformed his expected goals (xG) of 4.3, suggesting his finishing has been below par.

Vinicius, on the other hand, has outperformed his xG (12), averaging a goal every 169 minutes for Madrid.

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The 21-year-old has also created 64 chances in comparison to Neymar’s 28.

However, when assessed per 90 minutes, the former Barcelona star crafts 2.1 opportunities, which is not far behind Vinicius’ 2.3.

Neymar is also a more proficient dribbler, completing 3.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in comparison to Vinicius’ 3.4.

While he also creates 0.5 big chances per 90, as opposed to the Madrid man’s 1.6.

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