This time they're, or just Daniel Alves for now, calling it the "world clasico": a much-anticipated encounter in Berlin this evening between his country Brazil and Germany that could essentially act a dress rehearsal for a last-16 clash in Russian Federation this summer at the World Cup in addition to a chance to exorcise some of the demons unleashed by one of the darkest chapters in Brazilian footballing history.
Tite explained in depth why he sees Germany as one of the favourites to defend their World Cup title this June in Russian Federation. "They have reinvented themselves in the past two or three years". The style of play wasn't earth-shattering, it wasn't the free-flowing samba soccer that Brazil fans might have been yearning for - but it was successful.
Despite moving to the Parc des Princes last August, the Brazil worldwide has been linked with a move back to Spain, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid linked with the superstar.
However, Sane is yet to find the net in 10 appearances for his country and is set for the latest opportunity to open his account when Joachim Low's world champions face Brazil in Berlin on Tuesday.
"The current Brazilian team is not comparable to that of 2014". The upturn in form of Paulinho, derided as a failure at Tottenham but who has rebuilt his career in China and now at Barcelona, has been crucial, as has been the retraining of Renato Augusto in a deeper role.
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Thomas won both his morning and afternoon matches in some style to see off Si Woo Kim and Kyle Stanley to move into the last four. His relatively low ranking is due primarily to last year's mediocre form that caused him to plummet down the list.
"Tite is a great coach, one of the best in the world".
Germany striker Mario Gomez failed to convert a string of half-chances which came his way before Brazil scored after sustained pressure. Others such as Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred, Manchester City's Ederson and Real Sociedad's Willian Jose will hope for their chance to shine, but there's no doubt Brazil will be taking this friendly seriously.
The 56-year-old has managed to bring Brazil back on track and possibly even more important has made the team less dependent of Neymar who is out again with a foot fracture and could miss the World Cup in Russian Federation if worse comes to worst. It was the ultimate sign of overreliance on one player and Jogi Lowe's side could smell blood right there and then.
Without the PSG man this time around, Tite has alternatives - both in personnel and system. Despite Coutinho's struggles of getting regular starts at Camp Nou, Brazil coach Tite is keen on boosting his side's attack in the upcoming Russia FIFA World Cup with the Brazilian. The problem for them is that Brazil have well and truly moved forward - on the pitch at least.
And with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino up front they are not short of attacking riches. Tite has numerous dilemmas, but all of them are encouraging.