Brazil find fluency down the left

Tite later identified anxiety as a key factor in his side’s wayward finishing. “It’s only to be expected,” said Augusto. “We’ve been working for four years for this, so it’s bound to affect you a little. But Switzerland obviously deserved it and they played their game too.”

In the midfielder’s view, one of the conclusions Brazil can draw from the evening is that they need to mix it up and also look to the right flank. “We have to make the most of Willian, another high-quality player, so that we don’t become predictable,” he said, before pointing to the impact Dani Alves’ injury has had on the side. “He gave us a lot of balance. Danilo has just come into the side and getting to grips with our style. He’s very strong, though, and we can do some exploring with him too.”

“Balance” is a concept close to Tite’s heart. His game plan involves attacking from anywhere and from every possible angle. Even so, should A Seleção come up against another defence as solid as Switzerland’s during the rest of the tournament, they will always have that outlet down the left to exploit.

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