Team Brazil Celebrates Philippe Coutinho’s Birthday by Pelting Eggs

Team Brazil Celebrates Philippe Coutinho’s Birthday by Pelting Eggs

Team Brazil Celebrates Philippe Coutinho’s Birthday by Pelting Eggs

Their players may be turning heads wherever they go, but Brazil's inability to win a World Cup in their last three attempts has not only signaled a surge in European football, but also is a pointer towards their "decline". "They have a great chance of winning in Russian Federation".

In Vienna yesterday afternoon, Brazil completed preparations for the World Cup with a resounding 3-0 victory over a physical Austria and goals from its leading attacking trident in Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

"We need to be focused and try not to read the news too much, not worry about all the speculation but focus on what is real, although at this moment nothing official has arrived", Alisson said when asked how he and his Brazil team-mates deal with transfer rumours. Some of the members from that team have survived, and are keen to exorcise those demons.

"Skill wise, he is already the best player in the world", no lesser authority than Pele has said, before Brazil's opening game against Switzerland on Sunday. "We hope that he can be our top scorer and can bring the World Cup to Brazil".

At the pre-World Cup training camp, Tite made a decision to move PSG central defender Thiago Silva to Marquinhos' place.

Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho's drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner nearly let Jesus in.

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The defense is solid, the forwards are lethal when they get a sniff of goal and they have the patience to unlock the most stubborn defenses. Austria presented a similar challenge and indeed they showed that Coutinho's presence could leave them more vulnerable to counter-attacks. They have three excellent defensive midfielders in Real Madrid's Casemiro, Barcelona star Paulinho and PL victor Fernandinho with Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho playing the attacking midfielder role. Through Coutinho, Paulinho, Fred and Willian, Brazil would look to press ahead.

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The current squad indeed has shades of previous champions in their ranks. The fear of a similar disaster will still be in Brazilian's minds until the end of this World Cup, but they shouldn't be. One of Tite's biggest tasks was to solve the problem of Neymardependencia, Brazil's chronic over-reliance on their best player, and while no one is doubting the forward's importance, there are at least other attacking avenues to explore now. Overeager defenders pressing forward and leaving wide open gaps behind has been the price some of the teams from the past have paid, and this side will be no different.

After finding himself in perhaps the most untenable managerial position ever post-World Cup, then-manager Luis Felipe Scolari immediately resigned.

The question now is whether Tite can take Brazil all the way, banishing what he calls their "little ghost" - the lingering mental scars of the Germany defeat.

With 9/2 odds favouring them, Brazil are one of the strongest contenders to go all the way, which is no surprise given their past record.

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With the potential for an earlier-than-planned meeting with Germany, Brazil will be eager to dominate proceedings in the group stages and push back a potential meeting.

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