Gabriel Martinelli has drawn praise from Brazil teammate Bruni Guimaraes for his latest World Cup display.
Martinelli is enjoying a fine season so far winning a World Cup call-up with Brazil after a superb start to the campaign with Arsenal, scoring five and assisting twice, becoming a key starter under Mikel Arteta. In Brazil, there was some criticism of Martinelli’s call-up, but Tite is being proven right.
Brazil look dangerous in Qatar, and they advanced to the quarter-finals, where they will face Croatia, after a comfortable 4-1 win over South Korea on Monday night in the Round of 1. Vinicius Junior was the star of the show, scoring and assisting, while Richarlison and the returning Neymar Jr both got on the scoresheet.
Martinelli came off the bench to replace Vinicius Jr in the 72nd minute, and he impressed in his cameo, drawing praise from teammate and Premier League rival Guimaraes.
Martinelli took to Instagram to write ‘quarter-finals’ as a caption to his picture, and Guimaraes commented ‘Marti show’ in reply. Guimaraes is another who has enjoyed a fine start to the Premier League season, impressing with Newcastle this term. He didn’d manage to get off the bench on Monday, but the Magpies star should have a role to play in the rest of the tournament, with Brazil looking likely to make a strong run.
Tite has a a big squad to call upon despite some problematic injuries, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles having to withdraw with respective injuries. Martinelli looks set to play a significant role, especially with Tite needing to experiment up top in the absence of Jesus.
Brazil are in quarter-final action on Friday when they take on Croatia, and the winner of that game will face the winner of Argentina and the Netherlands in the semi-finals.