Neymar dances into hotel as Brazil arrive in Russian Federation

Neymar dances into hotel as Brazil arrive in Russian Federation

"All the games before the World Cup were important to reach this level of performance", Jesus, who now has 10 worldwide goals, told the Brazilian FA. They lost in the quarter-finals. Around 5,000 locals had turned out to watch the relaxed session at the Yug-Sport Stadium, next to the Brazilian squad's hotel in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Brazil, if not the favorite, is one of the two or three favorites to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15.

Brazil's coach had earlier said that Sunday's performance would inform the selection of a starting lineup for the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

The team have great balance as well, with Casemiro protecting a solid defence.

The defense is solid, the forwards are lethal when they get a sniff of goal and they have the patience to unlock the most stubborn defenses.

Also, Brazil is playing for redemption.

Undoubtedly. They've done it six times before and return with a more loaded team this year than four years ago.

Brazil is five days away from its opening World Cup match against Switzerland, but there doesn't appear to be any pre-tournament nerves at training.

"You have to trust, you dream", he told reporters after moving joint third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart, level with Romario on 55. "Sixty percent of our goals are scored in the second half".

Doubt was cast over the player's chances of going to Russian Federation when he picked up an injury playing for Paris Saint-Germain in March, but after months of rehabilitation and recovery, Neymar appears to be getting back to his best.

He also seemed to revel in no longer having to carry the team on his shoulders.

Tite's squad is brimming with world class talent, and in Neymar, they possess a player capable of pure magic. "His technical and creative ability is incredible".