"I've battled with Dani [Alves] for a place in the team and that has made me a better player. I'm playing well for my club, I'm happy, and I think that everything that I've experienced in football until now has given me what I need to be able to pay for Brazil's national team and have more continuity."
Sergio Ramos will also be back in defense, with Jesus Navas at right-back and Jose Luis Gaya on the left after Sergio Reguilon picked up a knock to his knee.
The Patriots had a chance to sink a buzzer-beater, but guard Henri Wade Chatman failed to hit the target behind the free-throw line at the last second.
Firmino doubled the hosts' lead by sliding home from close range after being fed by Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi.
Suga talked to Bach in a phone call soon after he took office last month, discussing ways to ensure the "success" of next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
Colombia's clash with Venezuela at Estadio Metropolitano will be followed by another qualifier against Chile in Santiago next Tuesday. Enditem
In Group D, TES double killed DRX to rank first.
Tianjin's Zhao Fangxin wasted three free throws to tie the game when they trailed at 76-79 in overtime.
The Serbian was trying to come back in the third set, converting his first breakpoint after losing the previous four in the sixth game. But a deadly double-fault in the 11th gave Nadal a chance to serve for the title.
Messi admitted Thursday's match did not pan out as the Albiceleste had hoped, rueing his team's lethargy early on.
"It was a difficult time for me. After thinking hard for almost a week, I decided to retire and go to college," Wang said.