After pretty much cementing himself as the 1st choice attacking midfielder for Mano’s squad during the last run of friendlies at Europe and USA and being linked to Tottenham and Chelsea, with the most likely landing place the latter, Oscar was also featured among the starters in the 1st Brazil U23 squad for the Olympics in London.
Mano Menezes built a squad composed of Rafael Cabral; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan and Marcelo; Sandro and Rômulo; Hulk and Oscar. This awkward line-up with no attacking reference was faced by Neto; Danilo, Bruno Uvini and Alex Sandro; Ganso, Lucas and Alexandre Pato; Neymar and Leandro Damião.
There could be only 18 players in the Olympic call-ups, and that’s why Mano couldn’t land complete teams at both sides. But the training today focused on defense. It also showed how Mano is willing to stick to his starter team in the most of the last friendlies.
We can also notice how Hulk and Oscar, both of them with their 1st chances as starters in the last friendlies, appear to be featuring in Mano’s search for a base aiming the 2014 World Cup. Hopefully Ramires will soon become an option for Mano as well; or for the one who will be the next after him, if Brazil goes on to miss the gold medal in this Olympics.