Brazil is facing Japan in a friendly match with less focus on Neymara

Brazilian coach Tite has completed a four-year cycle of preparation for this year’s World Championships in Qatar, unlike in 2018 in Russia, when he took the lead in the middle of the cycle after the release of Dung.

The Brazilians, who defeated South Korea 5: 1 in Seoul on Thursday, will meet Japan in an international preparatory match in Tokyo on Monday. Brazil has not lost since the fall of 1-0 against Argentina in the Copa America final almost a year ago.

Japan could be a good sign.

The Brazilian under-23 team won Olympic gold last year in Tokyo, and the last Brazilian World Cup title came in 2002 in nearby Yokohama at the World Cup, which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.

“You can do a better job in four years,” Tite said on Sunday at Japan’s new national stadium, the site of the Tokyo Olympics, which was a year late. “You can see a lot of mistakes during this period, but a lot of good things. You see a lot of players. And now we see a new generation in terms of attack. “

Neymar scored two penalties against South Korea, but is no longer the center of the attack. Three players from the English Premier League – Richarlison, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus – also scored in Seoul.

Add other threats to this mix, such as Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta and Vinicius Junior.

“When it comes to partnering with Neymar, there are others who share responsibility,” added assistant coach Cesar Sampaio, who scored three goals at the 1998 World Cup. “It doesn’t just matter Neymar in the offensive half. We have other creative players with speed. “

Japan is consistently the strongest team in the region. At the 2018 World Cup, Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0 and advanced to the round of 16. Japan, meanwhile, led 2-1 in the round of 16 over Belgium and lost 3-2.

Japan’s victory would advance Brazil to the quarterfinals.

“These are important matches in preparation for the World Cup,” Tite said. “Even though they are not the World Cup, there are two teams that have real opportunities for the World Cup. That gives you an idea of ​​the size of the match. “

Tite flattered the host a little.

Japan was drawn in probably the most difficult group of the world championships with Spain and Germany. Getting to the final sixteen in Qatar seems long.

Brazil is already listed as the first favorite with the title defender France. Brazil will be the group’s favorite in Qatar, which also includes Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

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