There has been a degree of hope, in the past few days, in the desperate search for a pressure point in Brazil. Defenders maybe: If Daniel Alves, whose uncanny energy is finally starting to boil over at the age of 39, can fit into the squad, the options can’t be great.
Or maybe it’s the midfield: perhaps Tite, his country’s coach, won’t be able to resist the temptation to use his vast array of attacking talents, leaving Casemiro the only weary adult in the room. Or, when necessary, it could be Neymar. Can Neymar be counted on to deliver when it matters?
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It all feels a little hopeless. There is no guarantee Brazil will win the World Cup, of course, not least because of the quality of some of their rivals. Argentina And now Germany You may have stumbled, however FranceAnd the England And thanks for Apocalyptic subdued demolition of Costa Rica On Wednesday, Spain showed all its hand. The field is taking shape.
In the weeks leading up to the tournament, the assumption was that Brazil was on top. Tite has a “golden generation” at his disposal, in the words of his Serbian counterpart, Dragan Stojkovic. Stojkovic, for those with memories long enough, He knows a thing or two about golden generations. There is no obvious pressure point. This is the best team Brazil has sent to the finals since winning the tournament in 2002; It’s actually a much better team than the team that won in Japan 20 years ago. I have seen the standard. Now is the time to match them.
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