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5 things that could help Germany retain the World Cup

5 things that could help Germany retain the World Cup

Coutinho when then hit the crossbar while Firmino nearly got on the scoresheet as the game ended in a deserved 3-0 win to the visitors.

Argentina captain Messi, one of the biggest stars in Russian Federation, said his global future will be determined by his country's performance at the World Cup.

Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name.

Firmino's all-round game is perhaps more in keeping with Brazil's footballing ethos, but what this current side really calls out for is a pure goalscorer and Jesus more than fits the bill.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.

Brazil will open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday before facing Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage.

Yeah, pretty safe to say Neymar is ready for the World Cup ...

Coutinho nearly got his second and Brazil's fourth in the 73rd minute but his curling strike from distance rattled the upright with Linder well beaten.

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The national team of Brazil, which is the world's most successful FIFA World Cup competitor with five victories on record, arrived in Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi early on Monday.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

Also, Brazil is playing for redemption.

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that".

Roberto Firmino's incredible season with Liverpool led to increasing calls in Brazil for Tite to find a place for him in the starting XI, mostly by giving him Jesus' spot in attack.

With friendly victories over two strong European nations, Brazil go into the World Cup well prepared for the challenge that lies ahead of them.

It's been said before that losing Neymar in 2018 would not be as traumatic as it was back in 2014.


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