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Brazil are better but will still miss Neymar - Germany winger Leroy Sane

28 March 2018, 01:20 | Percy Christensen

Gabriel Jesus goal gives Brazil revenge win to end Germany's unbeaten run

Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but the absence of Neymar still weakens the ‘Selecao’ according to Germany winger Leroy Sane

They stormed through World Cup qualification, finishing ten points ahead of second-placed Uruguay, and look set to be able to match their unrivalled attacking flair with a defensive solidity that failed them so desperately four years ago.

ARGUABLY the two favourites for this summer's World Cup go head-to-head this evening with Germany hosting Brazil in Berlin.

"The wound is still open", Tite told Kicker magazine in an interview.

"The 7-1 is the past".

"The 7-1 is like a ghost, people still talk about it".

'It won't just be a sporting challenge, but a huge emotional challenge too.

Record champions Brazil were the first team to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation to underline their resurgence but they now face an emotionally hard match with title holders Germany.

This Brazil have a new manager, Tite, who emerged from the South American qualifying for Russian Federation in charge of a team who lost just once in their 18 fixtures and looked down from a long distance on the rest in the 10-nation group.

"I was watching the match at home in Sao Paulo with my wife and after the third goal went in, she started to cry", he said.

"It was a moment of great inspiration for Germany, every shot was a goal - stuff like that doesn't even happen in video games".

'Sometimes you get that in football, a team comes close to perfection and that's what happened to Germany.

Jesus' first-half goal at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, packed with a 72,717-strong crowd, saw Brazil end Germany's unbeaten run of 22 games dating back to their Euro 2016 semi-final defeat by hosts France.

Germany coach Joachim Loew made seven changes to the team that drew 1-1 against Spain on Friday as they prepare for a World Cup title defense in Russian Federation in June.

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Low intends to rotate his squad heavily and Manchester City pair Gundogan and Leroy Sane will start the match.

More worryingly for Germany head coach Joachim Loew ahead of their World Cup defence in Russian Federation, his captain Jerome Boateng twisted his right ankle and was forced off in the second half.

"It has been a process in the years under Joachim Loew".

"I do have high expectations, but I am not thinking about the World Cup just yet.it's about preparing our team, being focused on training, focused on strategy, our quality, and on how we play, on how to impose the way we play".

Tite has already confirmed 15 of the 23 that will head to Russian Federation this summer, dependent on injuries between now and the end of the season, meaning just eight spaces are left to fill.

"They live for football, but they will live their "joie de vivre" again at the 2018 World Cup".

Cherchesov stayed positive by calling Friday's performance better than the one Russian Federation showed in a 1-0 loss to Argentina in November.

"The current Brazilian team is not comparable to that of 2014".

"We must have the strength to overcome adversities like this one", Tite said.

"Tomorrow we have a chance to redeem ourselves. The performance is important but I also want a good result".

Douglas Costa and Anderson Talisca will also be hoping to impress and become the 16th name on Tite's World Cup list.

It was the worst possible way for van Marwijk and his players to get acquainted ahead of the World Cup, which starts in Russian Federation in June.

The 65-year-old has three more friendlies and a 30-day training camp in Turkey to shape his new team.



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