Brazil vs. Switzerland preview, players to watch, key stats

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Germany was the only team to go undefeated in the 2014 World Cup on their route to the title, but I guess that is because they did not play Mexico. "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us". "We are now under pressure, we have to get six points from the next games", he said. We can't wait four more years to make history. Coach Vladimir Petkovic favors a midfield-heavy lineup, with Haris Severovic as the lone striker.

"I don't think about that. They are all really, really fast but we will not change our style of play", Osorio said.

Brazil's first scoring chance came ten minutes later when a low left-sided cross from Neymar was met by Paulinho, but he scuffed his shot inches wide from only a couple of yards out.

One man in the crowd was particularly not shy about showing what he thinks of the USA leader, as he was pictured dancing and singing wearing a piggyback-riding Trump costume.

Nor would the Brazil boss use the physical tactics Switzerland employed against Neymar, who was fouled 10 times in the match by his opponents, as an excuse for the result. Two of them lost their opening matches while the Italians had to settle for a draw.

Germany was widely considered to be the main favorite to win this tournament, but maybe their decision to leave out Manchester City attacker and Premier League Young Player of the Year, Leroy Sane, is already hurting their chances to repeat as World Champions. "If we win, the credit goes to the players and if not, it's my fault.and that's the world of football".

Goalie Alisson, midfielders Casemiro and Philippe Countinho and forward Neymar were all on the pitch at the 2009 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup group match when Brazil took on Switzerland.

Brazil also need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.

Neymar played 84 minutes in Brazil's final friendly against Austria, and there's little doubt he'll start against Switzerland on Sunday. Tite's side will now face Costa Rica and Serbia to guarantee the top spot in the group, although ironically, after Germany's earlier loss, finishing first might mean playing the defending champions in the second round.

"Teams develop and change, players finish their careers and you must bring in new players which makes it the most hard achievement".

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