Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Neymar needs more time - Brazil coach

Neymar needs more time - Brazil coach

The Selecao were struggling to break Costa Rica down or create chances, although they had the ball in the back of the net in the 26th minute, but the offside flag cut short their celebrations. "I am a very emotional guy and I respect the individual characteristics".

"We had a plan, strategy, idea to control the opponent with and without ball", Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said.

Tite said that Neymar, who endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury before the World Cup, is still regaining form and full fitness as Brazil's Group E campaign unfolds.

The PSG star, who broke a toe four months ago, limped out of training during the week with an ankle injury but is expected to retain his place for Friday's game in St Petersburg. "But before there is a team that has to be strong and not dependent on him".

"He's going to make it".

Brazil drew their opening Group E match with Switzerland 1-1, while Costa Rica are bottom of the standings after losing their first match against Serbia 1-0.

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But Tite confirmed he will put his faith in the same XI that started against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg as Brazil look to kickstart their quest for a sixth World Cup.

"You've seen already there have been plenty of surprises", said the Sporting Lisbon playmaker.

He also came in for some criticism for his drab performance in the match, although his first goal of the World Cup has gone some way to relieving the pressure on his shoulders.

However, Coutinho's finish banished the tension and frustration, and led to 57-year-old Tite tumbling onto the pitch during the celebrations among Brazil's squad and coaches. "The tears were of joy, of overcoming of the will to win".

Costa Rica were defending in numbers and were relying on occasional counter-attacks, though they never really seemed threatening.

With the game heading into the final 20 minutes, Brazil brought Roberto Firmino into the fray for Paulinho, a scramble in their own area shortly beforehand having offered a reminder that Costa Rica could still pose a threat.

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