Brazil coach Tite adored for turning around national team

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has insisted that he is ready to return to action ahead of Germany's opening World Cup match against Mexico following months out with a broken metatarsal.

The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

"In Brazil only being the champion is good, second place or fourth, like happened at the last cup, the players are criticised, the team".

"I think that the first game always will set the tone and we play against Brazil, against a great team with great individuals like Neymar, Coutinho and Thiago Silva", he told Omnisport.

Brazil are already expected to be without Manchester United-bound Fred, who suffered an injury in training.

"But that is the moment, you end up taking decisions, sometimes, that are not the best ones, but only those who are there get to know how hard it is to play at these moments".

Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not ideal.

The Brazil team's fortunes have transformed under Tite, under whom they have only lost once in 21 games and were the first team to qualify for the World Cup, after hosts Russian Federation.

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Toni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back in the match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

Brazil's squad will be considered failures should they not claim their sixth World Cup title in Russian Federation, according to the legendary Rivaldo.

The magnitude of that task is not lost on Loew.

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Grouped with Serbia and Costa Rica, this is an opportunity for either team to jump-start their World Cup, but it would be a massive upset if Switzerland can get three points.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, now face an uphill task to repeat their surprise run to the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil.

And a space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.

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