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There has been a degree of hopefulness, in the last few days, in the desperate search for Brazil’s pressure point. Perhaps it’s the fullbacks: If Daniel Alves, his bubbling energy now finally starting to simmer at age 39, can get in the squad, the options cannot be outstanding.

Or maybe it’s the midfield: Perhaps Tite, the country’s coach, will be unable to resist the temptation to deploy his vast array of attacking talent, leaving Casemiro as the only overworked adult in the room. It could also be Neymar. Can Neymar be trusted to deliver when it counts?

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It feels a little desperate. Brazil may not win, but it is possible. World CupThis is not surprising considering the quality of some of its competition. Argentina and now Germany It is possible that you have stumbled. France, England andThanks to a faintly harrowing demolition of Costa Rica Spain was the first to show their support. The field is starting to take shape.

The assumption that Brazil was the leader of the tournament was prevalent in the weeks leading up to it. Tite has a lot of resources at his disposal. “golden generation,” Dragan Stojkovic, his Serbian counterpart put it. Stojkovic is for those who have enough memories. knows a thing or two about golden generations. There is no apparent pressure point. Brazil sent this team to the finals in the most impressive way since 2002 when it won the tournament. In fact, it is a much better team than the one that won in Japan 20 years earlier. It has met the standard. Now, it’s time to match it.