It seems likely that Douglas Costa will start in place of Willian, who was also ineffective in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland that opened group play. "Talk is cheap, even a parrot can do it, but do something. few people can do that!"
"The tears were of joy, success, heart, desire to win". The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for almost four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February.
The group stage offers national teams some margin of error but, with points left behind against Switzerland, Brazil are now required to embrace some urgency.
Tite, though, strongly refuted reports he has asked Neymar to play more in the team's best interests.
Brimming with confidence and oozing with composure, Coutinho's finish in the 91st minute of the game only shows how he performs well under pressure as he simply knew where to be to clean up the possession and result in a goal. They are on four points with Serbia to come in their final Group E outing next week.
Brazil took an early lead against Switzerland in their opening match of Group E in the World Cup, but ultimately drew 1-1 as a second half header from a corner leveled the game up.
Brazil recovered from their sluggish start but with their opponents defending deep and in numbers, it was always going to be hard to find the breakthrough.
"We can't dwell on that game now", Gunnarsson said.
Tite was unfazed about handing him the armband for a game that he described as a "decisive match that we need to win to continue in the tournament". We may be witnessing him on football´s biggest stage for the final time - a talent curiously unfulfilled at worldwide level despite his astonishing feats for his club. "Samp play and defend centrally, so we had to spread them out and go round them with crosses from the flanks".
In just 45 minutes, Costa received the ball 34 times and completed 27 of 30 passes, one of them registered as an assist on the Neymar goal.