Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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

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

"I hoped that we would do what we didn't against Portugal, that we would play our game and try to impose our way of playing", he said.

Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not ideal.

Brazil takes on Switzerland later this evening.

Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.

Brazil, and their star Neymar, made their bow in Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don but gutsy Switzerland battled back to cancel out a Philippe Coutinho strike midway through the first half of the Group E tie.

"It's an unfamiliar situation", he said, while insisting the team "has enough experience to not go under with one defeat".

"Neymar is not yet 100 percent", Tite added.

"I was expecting to get a victory so, of course, I'm not happy with the result", Brazil coach Tite told a news conference.

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Didier Deschamps started with a conservative starting 11 as France missed out on a chance to establish their title credentials. They were ponderous and looked short of ideas in attack and Australia can consider themselves unlucky not to get a point.

Brazil are already expected to be without Manchester United-bound Fred, who suffered an injury in training.

That may be something to do with one of the game's more impressive statistics.

When he had a late header saved, it looked like there were tears in his eyes as his final chance to show definitively that he was back disappeared. But on Sunday the Brazilians will face Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez and Haris Seferovic, who were all part of that world championship team.

"Man, these are things that happen in football".

Looking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng had little support as their holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the attack, leaving the pair to battle against two or even three opponents at a time.

They have only themselves to blame, however, because the warning signs were there in their final warmup games going into the tournament.

Nick Miller is a writer for ESPN FC, covering Premier League and European football.

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