Michael Owen has predicted the victor of the 2018 World Cup

13 June, 2018, 17:59 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Neymar has 'lost the fear to play' ahead of World Cup says Alisson

Former Brazil global Rivaldo says that Neymar can boost the confidence of his teammates at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Before noting that Brazil had beaten strong opposition in Austria and Croatia, "a candidate to advance to the quarter-finals for the second time in its history", over the last two Sundays, PVC concluded that the Seleção "arrives at the World Cup strong" and that "to win the title is a thing to discuss in the next four weeks".

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th global goal to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts during their impressive victory.

"When you are always exchanging passes and moving the ball around, it wears the other team down", said Tite.

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. "Dreaming is not forbidden".

For those that need a refresh, Germany thumped them 7-1 in the semi final.

If Tite maintains the more attacking formation, the Manchester City man will have to mind the spaces created up front but he did slot into the team more easily than perhaps even Tite might have imagined.

Brazil finished off their World Cup warm-up schedule with an impressive 3-0 win over Austria in Vienna.

Brazil are back! And boy can they play. However, fans of FC Santos led protests as they wanted him to continue to play for their club and Neymar chose to stay back after Santos offered him much larger bonuses. All indications point to that being his go-to in the group stage. Having Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino in the rotation is nearly unfair.


Jesus, 20, was painting the streets of Brazil in 2014 and this time he will be in the Playing 11 alongside Neymar.

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.

Egypt are banking on the availability of Salah as they try to get past the first stage of a World Cup for the first time. This left Coutinho to play in the midfield three.

"That gives you confidence".

"France obviously have a lot of good players but I'm a bit sceptical about them in tournaments".

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.

Against Austria, he had no attempt on goal in the opening hour but went down three times following rough challenges by the home side.

"We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some hard moments with the press", added the Barcelona forward.

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