Brazil’s assistant manager Carlos Alberto Parreira fears burnout for Brazilian stars.
A number of Brazilian players have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with their respected clubs.
The Blues currently count on David Luiz, Willian, Oscar and Ramires and the quartet are important figures for Luis Felipe Scolari and the national team.
With two months of the season remaining, Jose Mourinho’s side still have so much to play for – both domestically and on the European front.
The worry for Brazil’s coaching staff is that of the enormous strain and pressure of close title battles along with some high-energised crunch Champions League ties could lead to a burnout before this summer’s World Cup.
In an interview with NDTV reported by Brazilian paper Sambafoot, Luis Felipe Scolari’s right-hand man Carlos Alberto Parreira hints that a Champions League exit for the Brazilian stars would actually benefit the national team.
He said: "It's very tiring to have to play until the Champions League final. If a Champions League team that has Brazilian players gets knocked out of the tournament, I'm not going to be too upset."
PSG too have their share of Brazilians, Thiago Silva, Motta, and even Lucas Moura who may yet make the squad. There's no obvious benefit for Brazil for either side to win the encounter - but that obvious fact that both can't, certainly sounds like good news from Parreira's perspective.
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