FIFA World Cup 2018™: ‘Group E’ Tactical Preview
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FIFA World Cup 2018™: ‘Group E’ Tactical Preview

December 3, 2019

Brazil qualified with real confidence from
the CONMEBOL section, losing only their first game away in Chile before going unbeaten,
scoring the most goals with 41 and conceding the fewest, 11. The five times Champions,
managed by Tite, had plenty of goalscorers: Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus scored seven,
while Neymar and Paulinho both weighed in with six. While Brazil should be all about flair and
attacking swagger, Tite went back to basics during qualifying and shored up the defence.
Alisson starts in goal, while Ederson is probably the best back-up in the tournament. Miranda
is no nonsense at centre back, while Marquinhos or Thaigo Silva offer a ball-playing option
alongside. Brazil’s 4-3-3 builds from the back, with Casemiro, Paulinho, and Renato
Augusto dropping to receive the ball, while Marcelo and Fagner or Danilo work up the pitch
from full back. Ahead of this is a remarkably fluid front
three. Neymar is obviously the star man, and has licence to go anywhere; Roberto Firmino,
Douglas Costa, Taison, and Gabriel Jesus are all versatile attacking options to accompany
him. Paulinho bursts up to support as well, the movement of the attacking three creates
space for him to arrive late to strike. It’s a dizzying combination of solidity and creativity. There is depth in most positions: players
like Fernandinho, Filipe Luis, and Fred star for their domestic teams but tend not to start
for Brazil. Neymar will shoulder a lot of responsibility though; if there’s a weakness,
it’s in that reliance. But don’t be fooled – Brazil can create from anywhere. They are one of the outstanding three sides
at the tournament, and should go all the way to the final. Costa Rica topped their fourth round group
in CONCACAF qualifying, going through to the ‘Hex’ with Panama. The ‘Hex’, a six
team final round, saw Costa Rica come second behind Mexico, with both teams comfortably
ahead of the chasing pack. Christian Bolanos and Marco Urena top-scored for Costa Rica
with four goals. Oscar Ramirez has placed his faith in an experienced
team – only four players are 25 or younger in the 23 man squad and 10 players have 50
caps or more. The team play a 3-4-3 that morphs into a 5-4-1 in defence. Costa Rica build
from the back by splitting the centre backs to give Keylor Navas in goal passing options.
The two central midfielders, usually Deportivo al Coruna’s Celso Borges and one other drop
in as well; movement between the lines comes from the wingers tucking in and the striker,
either Urena or Joel Campbell, dropping in. Costa Rica then look wide and direct – they
are capable of passing through the lines, but their formation naturally allows them
to double up out wide, as Celtic’s Christian Gamboa and Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo add
pace and threat from wing back to combine with the wingers, especially the talented
Bryan Ruiz of Sporting CP and formerly of Fulham. Navas is Costa Rica’s best player and has
now won his third Champions League title in a row with Real Madrid. But he is their only
world class player, and Costa Rica’s progress may depend on his ability to save games. It’s hard to see Costa Rica getting out
of a tough group, but they could frustrate at least one of the two European sides. Serbia did well to top a tough group featuring
the Republic of Ireland and Euro 2016’s surprise package Wales, as well as a strong,
if uninspiring, Austrian team, who were the only side to beat the Serbs. Fulham’s Aleksandar
Mitrovic top scored in the group with six goals, while Southampton’s Dusan Tadic netted
four. While Slavoljib Muslin saw Serbia through
qualification, he was reaplced by Mladen Krstajic, a former international centre back. Krstajic
has his side playing a very solid 4-2-3-1. The line is led by Mitrovic, who could start
a fight in an empty room, and his abrasiveness and commitment exemplifies Serbia’s approach.
While there is creativity in the front four, the back line are shielded by a compact pair
of Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic; the defence are all old hands, with Aleksandar
Kolarov also providing a threat from dead ball situations. Serbia look to play vertically towards young
playmaker Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while Dusan Tadic can also play centrally or wide. Milinkovic-Savic
then looks to turn to carry the ball or play it quickly out wide towards Adem Ljajic or
whoever plays right wing, followed by a quick cross to Mitrovic. The wide men also cut inside,
and Serbia have a good mix of a strong spine and talented creative players up front. Serbia will be a tough nut to crack for any
side. There is experience, creativity, and exciting, young prospects in Milinkovic-Savic
and Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic. The new manager has not had much time to bed in, and
a change of captaincy from Ivanovic to Kolarov caused ructions but, should Serbia present
a united front, they should progress from this group with ease. Switzerland came an expected second to Portugal
in UEFA’s Group B in qualifying on goal difference, seeing off three much weaker teams
and Hungary, the only side who might have pushed them; the 14 point gap between the
top two and Hungary in third was the largest in any UEFA qualification group, though, showing
the gulf in quality between the sides. Switzerland then beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on aggregate
in the play-off round with a penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez the difference. Haris Seferovic
top-scored for the Swiss with four. Vladimir Petkovic has an experienced squad
at his disposal, and could name almost a full starting eleven with more than 50 caps a piece;
only Yann Sommer in goal and whoever partners Djourou at centre back would have fewer than
a half ton. Switzerland play a 4-2-3-1 with Valon Behrami dropping in between the centre
backs to offer a passing option. Switzerland have two game changing players in Xherdan
Shaqiri, who tucks in, and Breel Embolo, who likes to stretch the play out wide – these
two are the targets of direct balls from deep. Blerim Dzemaili, who plays in the hole, will
drop to help the midfield press, but arrives late in the box to assist Seferovic. Granit
Xhaka is another good passing option in midfield, and Switzerland can progress the ball well
through the middle before looking to hit their dangermen out wide. Swizterland are more adventurous than they
have been in previous tournaments. Fabian Schar poses a threat in the air at set pieces,
while Rodriguez and Shaqiri possess a good delivery. Switzerland will likely be edged out by Serbia,

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  1. This channel simply oozes class and refinement. I really can't help but to appreciate the great deal of effort,research,articulation and attention to detail that's consistently apparent in every single video(so informative but yet so concise).
    I swear if I had you guys as college professors I would never fail an exam or lose a debate lol Tifo Football always leaves me feeling like a connoisseur of the beautiful game

  2. Nope Switzerland will beat Serbia, the talent level is even but Switzerland is more experienced. Switzerland will make the game and Serbia will counter. It's close, Switzerland will get more chances but Serbia is more clinical so it will be an interresting game.

  3. Thanks for all the compliments my friend. As a Serb I think my nation will struggle against CostaRica , after such showing in 2014 , I cannot help but fear them. Still hoping for the best!

  4. Xhaka is the deep lying midfielder, Behrami is the water carier. And Embolo probably won't start because of Shaqiri. And Akanji will hopefully start for Switzerland instead of Djouru. Get your facts right before you bet everything on Serbia.

  5. Shaqiri is more than a freekick specialist. He's the star of this team, the playmaker, the dribbler, the creator.

  6. This Group E is actually gonna be a lot tougher and closer than I thought, each side has its own good amount of quality. Will be interesting to watch for sure

  7. I'm not sure if I want to hear the next one.
    I'm Mexican and god damnit I'm terrified of Germany.


  9. In qualifying Brazil were amazing but then Neymar decided to to play tricks around with opponent teams in Europe n now he's injured his foot is not fully healed n don't forget match fitness. Going by wat happened after Neymar got injured in wc2014 they need him. Tite has a very big challenge especially in the knock out stages.

  10. Hard to tell which team is going to follow Brazil to the knock out stage. Serbia have world class players, Switzerland have a solid experience in international tournaments, and Costa Rica could be the surprise.

  11. Unbelievable analysis, with Serbia I'd rather see a 2 man tandem with Mitro and Prijović leading the front line, with the midfield of Tadić, Ljajić, Milivojević and Matić. In defence Kolarov- Ivanović as the wing backs and Milenković- Uroš Spajić as the full backs. Rukavina and duško tošić are too pathetic to be even playing!!! Going by the ridiculous performance against Chile, if Serbia are even thinking of making the second round they'll seriously need to lift their game!!!

  12. Jesus is going to be very motivated against Serbia, since he lost under 21 world cup finals to Serbia.

  13. Greetings for Costa Rica. You guys narrowed us down perfectly. Not even the local media can pull up something like this. Keep it up!

  14. Costa Rica disqualified the likes of Uruguay, Italy and England to than only be disqualified in the quarterfinals finals by the Dutch who made it to the semi’s, all with what’s practically this very same team. How will 2 weaker European teams be that much harder to beat? It’s amazing to see how the world still doubts them 😒

  15. Damn looking at the Brazilian squad i ask myself how can you beat them. So much talent there.

  16. Swiss team… they got Serbian coach, Serbian players —>> Seferovic, Drmic, Gavranovic…

    Trust me… those guys we’ll have huge pressure ‘cause they’re playing against their homeland.

  17. Also, don’t forget that Serbia u20 was the World Champion 3 years ago. They beat Brazil in the finals

  18. very tough group imo, Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland could all become 2nd, and all could become last

  19. Great video, hope Serbia will go trough, just one thing, you could better pronounce Serbian names and surnames

  20. Great video but how is ederson The best backup when germany has The likes of ter stegen he Light start but then again Leno trapp?


  22. Brazil and Serbia to get through this group I think.

    Costa Rica

    I also see Serbia being able to hold Brazil for a draw

  23. Serbia, Ireland, Wales, and Austria "though group"? LOL this year's qualifying groups were some of the most uneven i have ever seen

  24. Ederson better than Ter-Stegan? That's a bit of a stretch. I rate Ederson, I think he's the second best goalie in the Prem behind De Gea. However, Ter Stegan is just as good goalkeeping wise & has more experience, especially at the highest level (UCL) that can translate well for the WC. Just my thought on the comment

  25. "Brazil should go all the way to final" In the Group G preview, you stated Belgium should go very far. Is very far the quarters now?

  26. Serbia is a great tournament sleeper, especially based on tournament location (close-ish proximity to Russia as Costa Rica was with Brazil)

  27. After playing the last oficial games at starter, Renato Augusto lost his position, and is injured, at the time.

    Actually we're playing with Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho; Ney, Willian/Coutinho, Jesus, in a defensive way,

    Or Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Neymar-Willian-Jesus, in a more offensive style.

  28. sorry mate but that analysis on switzerland was inaccurate, you really should've spent some more time on getting your facts straight there – and I'm no expert, I'm just an average swiss guy cheering for his team following them every euro and world championship since 1998 and I noticed that some of the information you're giving just isnt correct

  29. Splash cash on next FM's best DC talent Nikola Milenkovic looking to start for Serbia on world cup stage!

  30. costa rica don't have any world class players? yet somehow managed to stuff the two teams that stuffed england at brasil 14. why are english people such a bunch of fuckin' dicks? how many world class players did iceland have in their team at euro '16? england are crap. they've got the most inexperienced squad out of all 32 teams and pick their players based on the form of the last 2 weeks of the premier league season when most, if not all matches are rendered almost meaningless anyway by the fact that man city cheated and bribed their opponents into letting in more goals than their manchester neighbours. it's all a big fix. watch the last game of 2011-12 season for confirmation of this. man utd game finished. qpr (queers park rats) no longer required a win to stay up. received word that united had won and that the bribe offered before the match by a bunch of billionaire arab cheats was on the cards, miraculously let in 2 goals in the extended time. what a crock of shit. it's all a massive fix. owned, run, organised by a bunch of cheats. played by a bunch of preening, play acting, diving, spudlugs dorks covered in stilton cheese. 48 teams? oh just fuck off!!! rebublic of bangladesh v southern cape verde islands. finland v democratic republic of outer spongolia…ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ only 8 teams have ever won the bloody thing. it's already shite enough as it is. russia v saudi arabia to open a world cup tournament? what?

  31. Tifo im sorry but i didnt like the ending. Switzerland dont gonna lose against serbia, serbia stands no chance. My opinion even is switzerland gonna win against brazil.

  32. Predictions made before tournament
    1.Brazil they cruise through I don't think they be deversating but they be more solid but when attack the be dangerous and their is depth in squad and Neymar is world class but you can't be sure he is a dramatic player I beige their best player will be Coutinho in last eight but no further
    1.Serbia i like them they have pace they can pass quickly and they have talented platers all over and they edge out Swiss
    3.Swizerland also solid always quick and Shaqiri will be main man but won't be shocked if gt second
    4.Costa Rica the surprise package four years ago but I don't see it happening again as I think it is weaker team but they shocked me in 14 so never know but I think bottom.this time

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