Brazil are one of the most successful national sides in the business. From the days of Pele to present-day hero Neymar, Canarinho have been there and done it all – especially during the World Cup.
With five triumphs under their belt, Brazil know how to win on the big stage but the Jules Rimet Trophy has eluded their grasp since 2002. That may all change next summer if Brazil can continue to build momentum ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
On paper, this Brazil side has plenty of scope to improve but World Cup glory looks likely for Tite’s young group of stars. Neymar is in the form of his life having left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain this summer and the golden boy of Brazilian football looks destined to shine at the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho are both lighting up the Premier League and Tite will be more than happy with Brazil’s leading attackers.
At the time of writing, 888sport are going 6/1 on a Brazil win in our World Cup betting odds for next summer’s competition. Based on their efforts in qualifying, that price looks like an absolute bargain. Brazil are sitting pretty at the top of the South American ladder, having accumulated 38 points from their 17 games so far – ten points clear of Uruguay.
Tite’s side will be right in the mix at the business end of next summer’s on current form...
Defensively, Brazil had to improve and they are slowly but surely building what looks like a much more reliable unit. That 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals will still haunt Brazil supporters but Tite has a chance to erase those painful memories in Russia next summer.
Keeping goals out is just as important as scoring goals and playing a beautiful brand of football; Tite will do well to remember that.
Next up for Canarinho is a clash with Chile and plenty of fans have called for Brazil to lose that contest deliberately in order to hinder Argentina’s chances of qualification. The rivalry between both nations is still very much alive but for Tite, winning and continuing their own journey to the World Cup is more important than affecting another nation.
It won’t be easy as Chile have qualification plans of their own but Brazil are available at 7/10 ahead of this week’s clash.
The likes of Germany, Spain and France have all been dominant over in the European group stages and those three nations will be confident of World Cup glory. Germany were the best team at the 2014 event by some distance and Joachim Low’s men could feature prominently again this time around.
You can never write Spain off and France, once labelled as a sure-fire nation to fall short in the group stages, appear to have regained some mettle.
A lot can change in nine months but for now, Brazil look better placed than most in the race for World Cup supremacy. Tite has settled quickly into life in charge of Brazil and he will be desperate to bring the glory days back to this brilliant football nation.
With just one defeat in his tenure so far, he has made Brazil difficult to beat and in knockout football, that is an absolute must. Watch this space, Brazil are back and poised to make a major assault for the Jules Rimet Trophy.