Brazil versus Germany is a litmus test of how far the Selecaos have come heading to Russia.
When Brazil meets Germany on Tuesday at the Olympia Stadion in Berlin, it will be the first time since the embarrassing defeat they suffered in the brutal hands of the Germans in 2014 at the Maracana Stadium.
Brazil lost to the ruthless Germans by a humiliating scoreline of 1-7 in front of the home fans, and worst of all in the World Cup, a tournament believed to be traditionally theirs.
While most pundits cite the Neymar over-dependency syndrome as a key factor to Brazil’s elimination, it cannot be a secret that the Selecaos were tactically unprepared for the tournament and to meet the German Machine, who were firing from all cylinders totally exposed them.
Brazil’s soccer would plunge into further depression as they were eliminated from the Copa America in the group stage after losing to Peru by 1-0. Coach Dunga was fired by the BFF and replaced with former Corinthians’ manager, Tite.
It was the appointment of Tite that rejuvenated Brazilian football. Tite inherited a deplorable squad composed of aging and inexperienced players who were somewhat technically in-congruent.
His first assignment was to get rid of the Neymar dependency syndrome, which he did by his rotational captaincy policy. What followed next is a series of desirable results that have reinstated the team to its lost past. Under Tite, Brazil became the first country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia with a massive 41 points and goal difference of plus 30. In 2017, the Selecaos returned to the top of FIFA rankings after a long absence.
Tite has built a squad on naturally talented and gifted players who are young and experienced in equal measures. While Coutinho, Jesus, Firmino, Neymar, Willian, Becker bring the gift of talent, Alves, Filipe Luis, Paulinho, Miranda among others bring the experience.
When Brazil face off with Germany on Tuesday, it will be a moment for the Selecaos to prove their worth in global football and disprove the skeptics. Or will it be another brutal dominion of the Germans over their arch rivals? Tuesday’s result will answer the question.