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Brazil Coach Tite: Quality Croatia Side Tough To Beat

Brazil coach Tite has stated that Croatia’s approach made life very difficult in last Sunday’s international friendly at Anfield which his side eventually won 2-0.

World Cup-bound Croatia, who are in Group D with Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina, more than matched Brazil during an even first half, but substitute Neymar, returning after a four-month absence from a foot injury, changed the game with a spectacular opener.

The game was eventually sealed thanks to Roberto Firmino who scored Brazil’s second goal.

“It was a high level game from both teams, the technical quality of both teams is very high,” Tite told sambafoot.com

“You appreciate when you see Modric, Neymar, Fernandinho, Coutinho that it will be a good show. Croatia made it difficult with strong marking.”

“In the second half we kept the pace and made the goal thanks to the participation of Neymar, which was planned.

“He is different, but we cannot only give him the responsibility to decide games. I am very happy for him.”

Croatia’s last friendly game is against Senegal at home on Friday.

The Croats will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Nigeria.

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  • Luqmanov 3 years ago

    Let’s see how they’ll fare against Senegal. That could give us a clue on what to expect. But i have serious concern about our lack of coordination and slow start to games which are obvious in our warm up marches. In the match against England, despite coming out stronger in the 2nd half, we still struggled to knit passes together and we were mostly clueless in the final third after Iwobi’s 47th minute goal. I just hope these would be rectified before our first game against Croatia. If not, we might just end up with a result quite similar to that of England and in that case, it would be a three point to them and 0 to us. But a much better performance against Czech will rekindle my (cautious) optimism as it would signal a possibility of even much better outing against the Croats.

  • chukwudi 3 years ago

    Croatia is strong oo…I watched them vs brasil(brasil were lucky to have score them)… Nigeria needs to be very prepared for that game and also work on defending setpieces..

  • Steve 3 years ago

    Croatians are very tall and therefore defending set pieces against them will be difficult , we should avoid conner kicks at best .Imagine Onazi jumping like a frog against the Three lions first goal? …our boys should not give them pace and man mark them man to man , these guys are very intelligent with the ball and therefore any inch given will be utilized by them .If we can win against croatia, rest assure that we will go far !!

  • The best way to approach the match is for our boys to be very serious and determine by giving them strong mark and not leaving any space available. Also set pieces cos that Modric is very good at free kicks and corner kicks plus their tall strikers. We should not allow them to play their normal game. Above all we should pray for mother luck i think that is very important.

  • Nigeria Just needs to work on starting games well, we allow the opponent to put so much pressure on us in the start of games and we end up conceding goals early and then we start playing catch-up in the second half. This has being our trade mark for many years now even in the game against argentina, poland, and england same thing. It needs to be corrected ASAP

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    Onazi is the wick link in the team. He is so short and do easily give away ball to the opponents time and again. Onazi goes like a chicken whose head is cut off from the body. Mark my words, Onazi will make us fail in Russia.

  • Obruthe ufuoma 3 years ago

    @ Edoman, abeg make we nor dey insult players, life is all about luck n opportunity, who ever made the list , it is not their doing but God. Pls let’s respect one another. God bless us all

  • Boyerh 3 years ago

    I have been able to watch our game against England for the second time. I observed some lapses which I think was caused by the coach.
    The positioning of our players was very bad,what is Mikel doing in the supporting striker role? This is just like saying Kroos should be playing the role of Asensio/Bale or Modric playing the role of Lucas Vasquez in Madrid, It can’t work. This made the right back to be very porous because by the time Iwobi made a run upfront, no one cover for him,compare to the left side where if Moses made any run upfront,Joel Obi is there to work together with Idowu,making that place tight for the English team to penetrate. Onazi played in front of the back four as a defensive MD and he covered alot of distance in that first half though made alot of misplaced passes,running from his position to help Shehu will definitely create a void when Mikel,Iwobi &Ighalo were still in the opposition half.
    We all know Mikel to be a very good Midfielder either as defensive or Central Midfielder. It is either he control things from the right side or left side interchanging with whoever is playing in opposite side while Iwobi plays the role of a supporting striker/free role to help Ighalo. Mikel is very creative but slow, all he need to do is make those his dribbles and lay those clinical passes to either Iwobi or Moses to make the runs thereby opening up the defense of our Opponent for any of our main striker(Ighalo or Simi) to score.

    Sincerely we have a very formidable team that can defeat any team at the world cup.