Brazil coach Tite adored for turning around national team

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The world's most expensive player has been battling to shake off the broken metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February.

Die Mannschaft were outplayed during Sunday's surprising loss to Mexico in Moscow and could finish second in Group F, setting up a potential round of 16 clash with Brazil.

Tite has an abundance of attacking talent at his disposal, with Neymar among the star-studed names.

"But he has exceptional physical qualities, his speed in particular".

Tite did not complain that his side were denied a penalty when Manuel Akanji wrapped his arms around Gabriel Jesus and had little sympathy with claims some of his players had been fouled when Switzerland levelled.

"Willian is going to be the best player at the tournament, alongside Neymar".

Switzerland meanwhile have regularly shown they are capable of punching above their weight, having only narrowly missed out on automatic qualification to Russian Federation on goal difference behind Portugal.

Germany breezed through qualifying scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last losing their first tournament game in 1982 against Algeria.

Switzerland went on to beat Germany, Italy, Colombia and Nigeria and took the historic world title.

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Petkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup.

Mexico had never beaten Germany in a competitive match but was transformed from the team which lost to the Germans 4-1 in last year's Confederations Cup, conceding twice in the opening eight minutes.

Three of the previous four defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockout stages, France, Italy and Spain.

The magnitude of that task is not lost on Loew.

It has been nine years since and many things have changed.

"Teams develop and change, players finish their careers and you must bring in new players which makes it the most hard achievement".

Following Sunday's results, Serbia occupy top spot in Group E, followed by Brazil and Switzerland respectively, while Costa Rica sit bottom.

A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.

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