Neymar’s goal will be to bring the Brazilian World Cup campaign back on track on Friday. Pre-tournament favourites want to re-emphasize their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica. In the Brazilian disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sundays, Neymar was given some kind of ride, during the match, 10 times was bloated, which is the highest for any player in a World Cup game for 20.
- The Switzerland clash was Neymar’s 1st competitive game in 4 months.
- Questions remain whether he is seriously lacking match practice.
- It was Philippe Coutinho who got Brazil’s campaign off to a flying start.
Neymar still the key
Brazil used to repeatedly watch its strongest in the last stages of Rostov-on-Don but failed to finish the last to unlock a well-organized Switzerland defence.
Instead, it was Philip Coutinho who stopped the Brazilian campaign to fly with a spectacular long-distance strike to start scoring.
Unlike Neymar, Coutinho ended the weather in Barcelona as sensational after sealing the move of his dream from Liverpool.
Should Neymar not be fit, Coutinho could be moved into his role on the left of a front three with Tite bolstering his midfield.
However, Coutinho insisted that Neymar played a key role in Brazil’s World Cup glory, and strongly supported Brazil’s approach to the playoffs.
Coutinho said, “Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Surely he is in our favour, there is a big plus point for us.”
Brazil was not unhappy with the treatment from Neymar, but it was also Switzerland’s equivalent when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) failed to cancel Steven Zubar equal to a slight push on Miranda. The Brazilian Union also took its complaints in FIFA.
To get rid of pressure with the need for a break and victory, Brazil probably could better resist Los Ticas, who once beat Brazil in 10 meetings in 1960.
Costa Rica had surprised England, Italy and Uruguay four years ago to reach the quarter-finals, but still, need a score after losing 1-0 in their opening game in Serbia.
They also lost heavily in Belgium and England in the friendly match, but Captain Brian Ruiz believes that they can follow the example of Switzerland so that they can be disturbed on a large scale.
Sporting Lisbon invaders said, “Switzerland pressed them into midfield and this is what you need to do because everyone knows that Brazil is moving ahead from midfield.”