Brazil boss Tite to focus on Brazil, not potential World Cup matchups

Brazil boss Tite to focus on Brazil, not potential World Cup matchups”

Pressed about potential round-of-16 matchups, Tite again avoided the question, saying: "The greatness of the competition".

'The mood of our fans and our country has changed.

"The biggest (challenge) is playing tournament football". You can't put a price on that'. "Personally, I'm going give everything I've got to win it". Obviously I wanted to crown it with the title, but I neither won nor lost. You have a result against a team that was eventually champion.

Neymar's Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

But a number of their victories were laborious and they completed qualification against Slovenia in front of swathes of empty red seats at Wembley.

Having already jettisoned captain and record scorer Wayne Rooney, Southgate chose to overlook players such as Chris Smalling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge. Europe was the setting of their first World Cup win and Neymar knows that if he leads the Selecao to glory in Russia, he will have the edge on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or.

"We're at a different point on our journey (to Germany and Brazil), but we will take huge belief from what we've done", Southgate said. It helps you to learn and prepare yourself better in the future.

Neymar has scored 53 goals and assisted a further 36 strikes in 83 games for Brazil.

With John Stones blossoming at Manchester City, England now possess an authoritative figure in central defence who is capable of bringing the ball out from the back in the manner Southgate desires.

Host nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the tournament-opening match on June 14 in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The strengthening and growing of the team.

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