Ronaldo hopes Brazil would win its sixth World Cup title

But there isn't such a reliance now on the world's most expensive player. Neymar's strike had Brazil's coach raving. Just like the last World Cup four years ago, many familiar teams such as Spain, Uruguay, Portugal, Japan, and defending champion Germany will be participating. Brazil emerges as the favorite for the group, four spots ahead of Switzerland in the latest FIFA Rankings.

The Selecao were in a parlous state when he took the reins, still haunted by the spectre of the harrowing 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany and hamstrung by a lack of vision from on high.

"I don't know if that can happen, but what I hope is that the national team does its best in the World Cup and that we can come home with the trophy", stated Ronaldo.

Tite embracing star man Neymar.

Tite has preferred veteran Miranda at the heart of his defence at the expense of PSG stalwart Thiago Silva, while Danilo, on paper at least, looks the weakest link in the chain.

The Brazilians landed in the early hours in Sochi, the Black Sea resort in southern Russian Federation where they will be based, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up match. There has been no let-up since.

"Family means everything to us", Alisson said.

"Skill wise, he is already the best player in the world", Brazil great Pele said. "It's been a long time", he says with a smile.

Neymar netted a goal in the Anfield victory seven days ago and is looking to prove his fitness to global head coach Tite ahead of the tournament.

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The fun parts of the team are the players who surge forwards, dribble around opponents and score all of the goals but the key to this Brazil side is that they are balanced.

Owen was speaking before Brazil's impressive victory over Austria on Sunday.

In goal, Tite and Brazil have the rare luxury of choosing between arguably two of Europe's most capable stoppers in AS Roma's Alisson, and Manchester City's Ederson, both of whom can be seen as an upgrade on Julio Cesar. Tite has always craved balance. They won their next 11 matches, conceding only three goals.

A week before Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland, Neymar started for the first time since recovering from fracturing his right foot which kept him out for three months.

Crucially, the personnel changes have been guided by an underlying tactical plan.

Jesus will playing the biggest tournament of his career as he will lead Brazil's forward line. Brazil is in red-hot form after their wins over Germany and Croatia.

"We got ready for the UFC, but it was good", he added. He has organised the team. Fred underwent further examinations in Vienna this weekend. "They can reach the final". "In the end I thought it might be getting too much for him so I took him off". In Russia, they have the chance to turn it all around.

If they do, expect their cerebral, quotable coach to be immortalised in statues as well as adverts.

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