Neymar Ends World's Greatest Player Debate, Says "I Am The Best"

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Neymar insisted Miranda was fouled as Switzerland equalised to deny Brazil victory in their opening game at the World Cup, and the star striker also urged referees to offer better protection after he came in for some rough treatment in Rostov-on-Don. Most of the hard tackles were directed at Brazil's talisman striker, Neymar Jr.

Brazil enters the game healthy when it comes to the players it took to Russian Federation, but the team will likely miss defender Dani Alves, who injured his ACL before the tournament.

Germany breezed through qualifying scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last losing their first tournament game in 1982 against Algeria.

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For Loew, "we played badly", gave the Mexicans too much space, lost too many balls and rushed chances under pressure. Though they had to go through the play-offs to qualify, Switzerland put together an excellent campaign in the European preliminaries and know what it takes to impress against a big-name team in an opening match, having beaten eventual champions Spain in their first outing at South Africa 2010. We've done a lot of preparation, which has been building up for a long time. "But anxiety hit us hard".

"You see the team, they are very relaxed but responsible and a very friendly group, like a big family we had this same team spirit in 2002".

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Four years after injury cut short his World Cup, before Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Neymar is once again spearheading his country's hopes.

The Swiss are sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, four places behind Brazil, and they won nine of their 10 qualifying matches.

After Switzerland, the Brazilians will take on Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.

"I don't think about that".

The Paris St-Germain forward suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February, and although Tite believes the player is in "good enough [condition] to play very well" in Russian Federation, he admitted he was still not fully over the injury.