Barcelona star signing Neymar was left frustrated as Brazil slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat against Switzerland at St Jakob-Park in Basel.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men came into the match on the back of an 11-match unbeaten streak, including a memorable Confederations Cup success over Spain at the Maracana.
But those memories were banished by a lackluster display against Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men, and the defeat, which came courtesy of a Dani Alves own goal, left Neymar lamenting the lack of fitness in the squad.
“We’re only just getting back to work now,” Neymar said. “Our players are in preseason, and it’s hard to get up to speed so quickly.”
The forward indicated that he wasn’t impressed by Switzerland’s tactics in Basel, criticizing the hosts for being too defensive. But one aspect of the Swiss’s game that drew praise was the performance of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
The former FC Basel youngster was lauded by FCB teammates Dante and Luis Gustavo after his role in the Selecao’s dismantling.
“Besides being a great player, my friend has a promising future in both European and even world football,” Gustavo said.
Central defender Dante echoed those sentiments, adding, “Bayern have invested in one of the world’s great promising players. He’s a player who is progressing well and works hard. He has great talent, with the work he puts in, it’s no surprise the talent he has.”
Gustavo also talked about his future at the club, hinting that he still may have to leave Bavaria this summer.
“I do not know what will happen,” the Arsenal target said. "But I do want to define my future as soon as possible.
“I want to improve my participation and prepare for upcoming friendlies.”
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