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Brazil set to change their captain for Switzerland match

18 June, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Neymar not fully fit for Brazil opener

Brazil star Neymar will make his World Cup bow on Sunday (Jun 17) as the five-time champions kick off quest for redemption while holders Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

- Switzerland won all but one of its games in the regular qualifying phase for Russian Federation 2018 (W9 L1), the only exception coming at European champions Portugal.

Instead, Brazil's second most expensive player, Coutinho, pulled the strings, constantly finding right winger Willian and drifting striker Jesus with sweeping passes although Switzerland managed to deal with the threat.

Brazil have a good team and collective quality to get themselves out of problems but Neymar tried to win the game on his own and he failed.

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Thoughts on Neymar's performance against Switzerland last night? "He will be fresh, we are a little concerned that he hasn't played some games in the last few months, but Neymar is so talented he knows to handle the situation". We've been building up for a long time and it's gone well.

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.

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

Brazil, seeking to erase the humiliation of their 7-1 drubbing by Germany at the semi-final stage on home soil four years ago, also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. "I guess that will be normal [to be fouled regularly], we have to pay attention to it, but that's something normal in football".

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We can do better from the first half of the game and we hope that we can start well in this tournament". Now it's the tournament and we have to focus on the tournament.

Switzerland heads into the match with a lofty Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking of sixth in the world - a standing bolstered by some judicious selection of friendly opponents.

The victory puts Serbia in a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland as they look to reach the last 16 for the first time since becoming an independent country.

"I don't think about that. In any case, he is in a suitable state to play", Tite said.

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