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.