Brazil lost World Cup opener due to anxiety not Switzerland's rough tactics
Jun 19, 2018, 16:17
Since Tite took over, Brazil has lost only once in 21 matches and was the first of 31 teams to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation. "There was a lot of anxiety, too much pressure and it translated into our way of playing, we were not precise enough", Tite told a news conference.
In midfield, Valon Behrami was relentless in his pursuit of Neymar, keeping the PSG superstar subdued for large periods of the game.
Steven Zuber appeared to push Miranda before heading home a second-half goal that saw Tite's side held 1-1 in a Group E clash at Rostov Arena.
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Brazil tried to pick up the pressure but the Swiss defence continued to work hard to destroy their attacks, with yellow cards mounting and the instances with Neymar getting battered - with Valon Behrami getting booked in the 68th minute for a challenge on the Paris St Germain star.
Brazil wasted several chances to snatch a victor late in the game, and center-back Thiago Silva acknowledged the team could have been more clinical in attack. "I have to play football, I do not have to worry about it". Coutinho had Brazil's best chance after the break but shot wide. "We had 20 shots, but a lot of them were off-target". We could have made their goalkeeper work a little more given the number of chances we had.
"We had some good, clean situations but could have been more precise".
"I'm happy with the way we've played", Tite said.
While Brazil expressed disappointment, Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic said he hopes his side start to get more attention.
"I'm very glad to score, but what was important was our effort to win, and what we did as a team is what counts", Coutinho said.
"We showed and demonstrated that this team always believes in itself and can achieve results".
Tite said midfielder Fred, newly signed by Manchester United, is still recovering from an ankle injury and is the team's only doubt.
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