It has been one crazy season for Atletico Madrid, who won their first La Liga title since 1996 and came within minutes of clinching the Champions League. They’ve relied on a strong work ethic, a solid defensive base and the goals of Diego Costa to get them across the line, but why has all that been ignored by the Brazilian national team?
Both Miranda and Filipe Luis have had excellent seasons for Atletico, having been part of a back four that conceded just 26 goals in the league. However, they could only made the national squad's reserve list for the World Cup.
In Miranda’s case, Brazil have been looking for an ideal partner for Thiago Silva for years, with Dante seen as too slow and David Luiz lacking consistency, so he could have finally been the answer.
Luis would have been a perfect cover or a replacement for Marcelo, who despite having a strong season has even been played in midfield because he is so attack-minded. That might be Brazil's downfall in the latter rounds if he is caught up-field - Luis could have been a safer option against stronger sides.
It’s never easy to pick a Brazil squad, but to have ignored players who are full of confidence and in very good form at the highest level could be a very costly mistake. Should they not win the World Cup, then coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to answer questions about why he ignored players who could have been so valuable to his squad.