Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down for Neymer

Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down for Neymer

Having been humiliated and embarassed at their last trip to the World Cup, you'd forgive Brazil if they were keeping quiet ahead of this year's tournament.

Germany and Brazil are the pretournament favorites, and France is fancied behind them with a young roster.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, were the surprise package four years ago, taking seven points from Italy, Uruguay and England, before losing in a penalty shootout to the Netherlands in the quarter finals.

If Neymar isn't fit for the World Cup, Tite may have to resort to using Willian or Douglas Costa, who is also returning from injury, in his place. Their first choice right-back Dani Alves has been ruled out of the tournament with Danilo expected to start in his position.

The question now is whether Tite can take Brazil all the way, banishing what he calls their "little ghost" - the lingering mental scars of the Germany defeat.

He is set to start in goal, with coach Tite preferring him to Manchester City's Ederson. Alisson is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in Europe and is wanted by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, per Hugo Cerezo of Marca.

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'Gradually he became more confident. He was signed by PSG for a whopping 222 million Euros. Although [Neymar's time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.

Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Loew's team sheet. Casemiro, Paulinho and Fernandinho all possess above-average-to-excellent tackling skills, but are even better at cutting off angles to passing lanes left from the high press and reading where the threat of danger is on the counter-attack.

Few players have the weight of an expectant nation on their shoulders like Neymar.

Sunday's goal was a superb effort, the former Barcelona man controlling Willian's chipped pass on his thigh just inside the box and then leaving Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic on the floor with some delightful footwork before rolling the ball home.

"If Neymar plays well it's always good for the fans and Brazil". He has to be solid in defence otherwise a repeat of 7-1 loss could happen anytime.

Brazil legend Pele got on to the end of a ball into the box at the far post, heading it into the ground and seemingly past Banks, only for the Englishmen to acrobatically dive backwards and tip the ball over the bar. One of Tite's biggest tasks was to solve the problem of Neymardependencia, Brazil's chronic over-reliance on their best player, and while no one is doubting the forward's importance, there are at least other attacking avenues to explore now. He will have to perform because an in-form Roberto Firmino will be waiting for his chance but with the quality he has, expect to score aplenty.

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