Brazil head coach Tite on 'emotionally important' Germany fixture on Tuesday

Brazil head coach Tite on 'emotionally important' Germany fixture on Tuesday

It is inevitable there will be talk about 7-1, but we have to learn lessons from everything in life. "[Tuesday's friendly] won't just be a sporting challenge, but a huge emotional challenge too".

Brazil, Germany know, are shaping up as a key rival in that quest.

Unless Tite has a sudden change of mind, or injuries mount, neither can expect to go Russian Federation, and even the first-choice status of PSG's Thiago Silva, who missed the Belo Horizonte battering with a suspension, is doubtful. They look like the better side and they will be determined to get revenge for the 2014 World Cup. "The coach has succeeded in making them more stable".

The disaster from 2014 cost Luiz Felipe Scolari the coaching job and Tite took over in 2016 once Scolari's successor Carlos Dunga had to go as well.

"They live for football, but they will live their "joie de vivre" again at the 2018 World Cup".

The defence is brimming with experience, with full-backs Dani Alves and Marcelo playing outside of centre-halves Miranda and Marquinhos, and in Roma's Alisson Becker the Selecao possess one of the best-performing goalkeepers in the world right now.

On the Brazil side, this win has to feel good.

Just as back then, Brazil forward Neymar is sidelined by injury.

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After successfully predicting a draw between Germany and Spain, our Bundesliga columnist Kevin Hatchard believes the world champions might come unstuck against Brazil.

It's the most jaw-dropping match in World Cup history.

This summer's tournament in Russian Federation will provide them with the chance to put those memories well and truly behind them, as they aim to win their sixth World Cup - led by the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.

The strikers at Tite's disposal are of much higher quality. Roberto Firmino, who has scored 23 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, although he has only scored five in 18 matches for Brazil.

"It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said", said Brazil defender Thiago Silva. Dante, his replacement, clearly did not fill his shoes, struggling to even slow down Germany's prolific attackers.

Brazil will face Switzerland in their first World Cup game on June 17, while Germany will face Mexico on the same day. Coupled with genuine star quality around him, Neymar has all the requirements needed to light up Russian Federation and propel himself back into Ballon d'Or contention.

Cherchesov's men were thoroughly outplayed from start to finish by the five time champions in a 3-0 loss on Friday in Moscow. Conceding seven goals in one game seems to be a thing of the past.

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