Brazil training prank: Birthday boy Coutinho pelted with eggs by Neymar & teammates

Brazil world cup tactics

"They can reach the final".

Those teams had one thing in common: they used repetitive fouling in midfield to break up the opposition's attacks, believing it to be a legitimate tactical ploy rather than a violation of the rules.

The Paris St Germain striker scored his 55th goal for his country in Sunday's victory, their final World Cup warm-up match.

"It's logical that, at first, when he started kicking the ball again, he felt the need to take extra care of himself". The Swiss and the Brazilians are considered the favourites to march out of Group-E.

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that".

Fresh impetus was needed and the Brazilian football federation finally decided that Tite, who had been reduced to tears upon being overlooked in 2014, was the man to conjure it. He has organised the team.

The individual talent is there as always but the team are better balanced than their unloved recent predecessors.

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.

In less than two years on the job, Adenor Leonardo Bachi - better known as Tite - has turned Brazil from a flop into a title favorite.

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been bombarded by eggs and flour at Brazil training. The 58-year-old has previously apologized after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. The five-time world champions are feeling quite at home at the tourist destination by the Black Sea, enjoying warm temperatures and a private beach.

After scoring a sublime goal against Croatia, Neymar produced an excellent effort in Brazil's 3-0 thrashing of Austria where he floored a defender and beat the keeper in remarkable fashion to mark his first start since picking a metatarsal injury while playing for PSG.

Eager to put their humiliation on home soil in 2014 firmly behind them, the Brazilians appear confident and at ease in surroundings which in this lush part of Russian Federation are not completely unlike home. "His technical and creative ability is impressive. When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal". The five-time champions are clubbed with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. "The competitive concentration of these athletes is commendable".

"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.

"But I do like our manager, I like our system and we have a couple of match winners in there".

At the last two World Cups, Brazil have veered away from the great, attacking traditions that used to make them the team that everyone wanted to watch.

Coutinho said: "The game was important to us".

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