Focus On Neymar As Brazil Arrive in Russia

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Brazil recorded a 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday afternoon in what was their final match before the 2018 World Cup.

Neymar's goal means he is now joint-third with Romario on 55 goals in Brazil's top goal scorers. They have Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho, too, players who have come of age over the past year and now have a touch of arrogance and class about them.

Is Neymar ready for the World Cup?

"The last World Cup, they had the genius in Neymar, but he was kicked out of the competition and what was left was a bunch of forwards who shouldn't have been wearing the shirt".

Silva's PSG colleague Marquinhos would be forgiven if he feels gutted: he played the majority of the games under Tite as the Brazilians kept 16 clean sheets in 21 occasions.

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He would not confirm, however, that the same side would start Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland on 17 June.

Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, begin their campaign against Switzerland next Sunday, June 17, before also taking on Costa Rica and Serbia. "We deserved the victory, we played very well", added Barcelona forward Coutinho to the Brazilian FA. They are looking to re-focus after their World Cup preparations were thrown off track when their match against Israel was called off.

Tite can feel encouraged by his team's performance on Sunday, especially with the Austrian side having beaten Germany 2-1 in a recent friendly. And they have that exciting individual brilliance in the final third. Nearly two years later, "The Monster" has recovered both form and confidence and edged out his club teammate to form a partnership with Miranda, perhaps the quietest man to ever wear the captain's armband not only for Brazil. That was again the case against Brazil on Sunday afternoon, with Bayern Munich's David Alaba in a wing-back position.

"Whoever Tite chooses will show why they are here". But Coutinho makes Brazil a more efficient team and certainly much more joyful to watch.

Not only does Neymar look healthy, he's making any concerns look foolish.

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