From beach football to Brazil captain, Marcelo living World Cup dream

Dean Simpson
June 18, 2018

But Neuer doesn't believe that Germany's form is a cause for concern and he remains confident ahead of their attempt at reclaiming the World Cup this summer.

Although the tournament could be a shoot-out between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Carlos reckons Chelsea star Willian will shine brightest.

Fox Sport Brazil's Osvaldo Pascoal didn't hold back either saying: "playing that way is vulgar football, it was wonderful that Tite did not give him (Douglas Costa) at least a minute".

"But of course I'm not happy with the result and of course I wanted to win tonight".

Brazil would go on to lose 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final without Neymar - one of the most humbling defeats in the competition's history.

Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland later today (7pm United Kingdom time) and the five-time winners are favourites to lift the trophy again.

"There is a lot of pressure when we play because the world of football is looking at us", Tite said Saturday.

The three German midfielders, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira between them didn't make a single tackle during the match against Mexico.

The day begins in Samara, about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) east of Moscow, with the other teams in the deep Group E. Serbia is the lowest-ranked team in the group at No. 34, and Costa Rica is 23rd.

Serbia has a striker to watch in 23-year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had a hat trick to lead his team to a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia.

Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have always reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played. The team has 10 players who hoisted the trophy in 2014. Some people we have conflicts [with], but what we have as a group is different characteristics, but we have respect, which is very good.

Silva played in the 2002 final victory over Germany, the last time Brazil lifted the World Cup.

"At this stage of a World Cup you have to take advantage of a goal and see that your opponents are taking risks and you need to have faster transitions". Manchester City's 21-year-old striker was a surprise choice given the more experienced players on the pitch, but it is Tite's policy to spread the responsibility.

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