World Cup favorites Brazil held their first training session on Sunday but frustrated hundreds of journalists at the Al Arabi stadium hoping to see their potential starting line-up ahead of their opening Group G match against Serbia on Thursday.

The five-time world champions squad is full of talent, but coach Tite kept his cards secret, while the biggest question mark was surrounding Vinicius Junior.

The 22-year-old Real Madrid winger still has to secure his place in the starting line-up, and Tite did not reveal whether he would partner Fred with his Manchester United colleague Casemiro to strengthen the midfield or unleash Vinicius up front alongside Neymar, Richarlison and Rafinha.

Even the players don’t know for sure who will start against Serbia.

Defender Alex Sandro told reporters on Sunday: We have no idea about the starting lineup. We are curious to see what the coach decides and the competition is fierce to get into the squad.

He added: However, regardless of who will play from the start, we are all ready, and we know what the plan is and what we need to do.

He continued: The last few days in the training camp in Turin have been fantastic, and the team is very confident in what can be achieved.

Many players have been injured but all of Brazil’s players are still at their best, something they celebrate after a busy club schedule, especially for those playing in Europe.

Alex Sandro said: I feel sorry for those who will miss the tournament, and with regard to Brazil’s concerns about injuries, it is clear that it is good that all the players are fit and doing well.

He continued: It is a sign that gives us a boost of confidence before what lies ahead.

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