Neymar not fully fit for Brazil's World Cup opener, says Tite

Mario Tama  Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

Mario Tama Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

Neymar makes his World Cup bow today as five-time winners Brazil kick off their quest for redemption while defending champions Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.

"He was selfish on the pitch and for that reason suffered so many fouls but I don't think they went for him".

"We should be a cohesive team, like a family", said Manchester City striker Jesus, who is set to get the nod ahead of Liverpool's Roberto Firmino as starting No. 9.

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The coach of the Selecao was adamant Switzerland's goal should have been ruled out by referee Cesar Ramos, and Neymar agreed with that assessment.

They know a thing or twoo about starting off the World Cup well, beating Spain in their opener in 2010 before the Spanish went on to win the World Cup.

Neymar played 84 minutes in Brazil's final friendly against Austria, and there's little doubt he'll start against Switzerland on Sunday.

Brazil coach Tite has rebuilt his team since 2014 to ease the burden on star forward Neymar. They are working well in the transition from the attack in defence, it's very fast now. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder.

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If Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round - a flawless chance for the Brazilians to revenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014. "I got the green light from the doctors and always remained very positive in the past and managed to increase my workload step by step".

The day begins in Samara, about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) east of Moscow, with the other teams in the deep Group E. Serbia is the lowest-ranked team in the group at No. 34, and Costa Rica is 23rd. The Europeans are ranked sixth in the world, per Federation Internationale de Football Association, and should provide the South Americans with a stern test.

Brazil need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.

Brazil wasted several chances to snatch a victor late in the game, and centre-back Thiago Silva acknowledged the team could have been more clinical in attack.

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