Tite tempers Brazil's World Cup hopes ahead of Mexico clash

Posted June 30, 2018

I am expecting the big players like Neymar, Willian, and Gabriel Jesus to step up and impress for Brazil as the competition gets to the knockout stages. "(We live by) a team that mentally deals with the pressure, is balanced, that has replacement parts for important moments".

The Selecao ended up topping group E in Russian Federation, and will now face North American giants Mexico in the competition's round of 16 on Monday.

"We all know Neymar".

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"His mind is really clear and he's helping us a lot".

It's not the silver lining Costa Ricans were hoping for when their 2018 National Team, full of veterans of La Sele's extraordinary run at the 2014 World Cup, headed to Russian Federation.

Brazil's relatively straightforward passage to the last 16 has created optimism among fans betting on a sixth World Cup title but coach Tite is using his characteristic restraint to prevent over-confidence among his players. "We aren't happy with the defeat, we had our hands on first place", stated Guardado.

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward, whose domestic season ended in February due to an ankle injury, recovered in time for the World Cup and scored his first goal in Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica. And I think, either he needs a little break - he might not even be completely fit, because he's always injured going into this tournament but his current standard and his current level, it might not be a bad idea to give him a bit of a break. This should win since Brazil have what it takes to score 3 goals while Mexico can also score goals.

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