In the past few days, there has been a measure of hope in Brazil’s desperate search for a pressure point. Maybe it’s the fullbacks: if Daniel Alves, whose bubbling energy is now finally starting to boil over at 39, makes the team, the options couldn’t be better.
Or maybe it’s the midfield: perhaps Tide, the country’s coach, will be unable to resist the temptation to deploy his wide range of attacking talent, leaving Casemiro as the overworked adult in the room. Or, in a pinch, it could be Neymar. Can Neymar be trusted?
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It all feels a little desperate. There is no guarantee that Brazil will win the World Cup, certainly not because of the quality of some of its rivals. Argentina Now Germany Could have stumbled, but France, England And, thank you Costa Rica’s bleakly terrifying demolition On Wednesday, all of Spain showed their hand. The field is formed.
In the weeks leading up to the tournament, the assumption was that Brazil was at the helm. Tide has a “golden generation” at his disposal, according to his Serbian counterpart Dragan Stojkovic. Stojkovic, for those with long enough memories, Know a thing or two about the golden generations. There is no obvious pressure point. It was the best team Brazil had sent to the finals since winning the tournament in 2002; In fact, this is a significantly better team than the one that won Japan 20 years ago. It looked quality. Now it’s time to fit it.
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