Soccer News: Brazil wait for Neymar news as Tite rejects idea of ​​’easy’ draw

    Tite has warned that Brazil must be “very careful” in the World Cup playoffs as they look to bring Neymar back from injury.

    The Selesao lost 1-0 to Cameroon on Friday but still top Group G, meaning they will play South Korea rather than Portugal in the second round.

    Spain’s defeat the day before seemed to open a draw for Brazil, who will now play the winner of Japan’s match against Croatia in the quarter-finals.

    Regardless of opponents, Brazil will feel more comfortable once Neymar is back in action, but he has yet to practice with the ball after his first-round injury.

    Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar added: “With 72 hours until the next match, time is on our side. We still have opportunities.”

    With or without his star man, coach Tite certainly won’t calm down, explaining: “Brazil lost to Cameroon. Portugal lost to South Korea. France lost to Tunisia. Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia. I think the results speak for themselves.

    “I think these are very strong, very difficult matches. I don’t think we can think that any previous situation makes it easier. We need to be very careful.

    “We were very careful against Cameroon. We were. We had all these worries, we took them upon ourselves. They had their advantages, they played very well vertically. They have the credit for winning, like Tunisia and others.

    “We cannot say that it has become easier and we have an advantage. We can’t say that.”

    Tite made nine substitutions for his Brazilian team, choosing a completely different line-up than the one that started their first final.

    But he said, “Who lost? All of us. Our preparation is a joint preparation, our victories are joint victories, our defeats are also joint defeats.

    The coach urged Brazil to “feel the loss”, saying: “The World Cup doesn’t give a second chance, but this time it did.

    “We have to concentrate 24 hours, suffer 24 hours, and tomorrow we start preparing.”

    Aside from Neymar’s progress, there was mixed injury news with Alex Sandro still recovering alongside the striker, but Danilo returned to regular training on Saturday.

    It’s a timely boost as Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus are set to scan for knee injuries sustained against Cameroon.

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