Brazil coach Tite adored for turning around national team
18 June, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
Brazil's magnificent resurgence under Tite is beyond doubt but there remains a sense that the rehabilitation will only truly start with victory over Switzerland in the opening World Cup Group E match.
"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.
Swiss players ended up with three yellow cards, and 10 of the 14 fouls they committed were on Brazil forward Neymar.
"I'm very glad to score but what was important was our effort to win and what we did as a team is what counts", Coutinho said.
On the other hand, Mexico produced the first big upset of the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 win over defending champions, Germany with Hirvng Lozano scoring the only goal.
Brazil meet Switzerland in the newly built 45,000 Rostov Arena in Sunday's evening game but before that Germany play Mexico in a mouthwatering tie in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where they will be hoping to return for the final on July 15.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six goals at major tournaments (four goals, one assist). "Now we need to think about the next match".
With Aleksandar Kolarov of Serbia scoring with a direct free-kick, this is the third goal in the tournament that has been scored from a free-kick after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal for Portugal and Aleksandr Golovin's goal for Russian Federation.
It is expected that Tite will stick to this policy of not committing to one captain for the duration of the tournament, in which Brazil are one of the favourites to lift the trophy. "But anxiety hit us hard". "But I am happy with the way we've been performing".
If Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round - a ideal chance for the Brazilians to revenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.
The Swiss are sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, four places behind Brazil, and they won nine of their 10 qualifying matches.
Tite did not complain that his side were denied a penalty when Manuel Akanji wrapped his arms around Gabriel Jesus and had little sympathy with claims some of his players had been fouled when Switzerland levelled.
Sunday's first game sees the 2014 World Cup's most surprising team Costa Rica take on Serbia in Samara.
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