Instead, Brazil's second most expensive player, Coutinho, pulled the strings, constantly finding right winger Willian and drifting striker Jesus with sweeping passes although Switzerland managed to deal with the threat.
Brazil coach Tite has rebuilt his team since 2014 to ease the burden on star forward Neymar. "I guess that will be normal [to be fouled regularly], we have to pay attention to it, but that's something normal in football".
World Cup favorites Brazil took on underdogs Switzerland on Sunday.
The Selecao are bidding to banish the memory of their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago and Neymar - who is sporting a new bleached blonde hair cut - is considered central to their aspirations.
Grouped with Serbia and Costa Rica, this is an opportunity for either team to jump-start their World Cup, but it would be a massive upset if Switzerland can get three points.
"I'm happy with the way we've played", Tite said.
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For Serbia, this year's tournament marks their first World Cup appearance since 2010 and are in good spirits having warmed up with a 5-1 win over Bolivia.
The Germans breezed through qualifying but endured a recent slump in friendly matches, with draws against England, France and Spain and a loss to Brazil that ended a 22-game unbeaten run.
"We had some good, clean situations but could have been more precise". "There's huge room for improvement".
The Brazil team's fortunes have transformed under Tite, under whom they have only lost once in 21 games and were the first team to qualify for the World Cup, after hosts Russian Federation.
- Brazil has won 16 of its last 18 opening games at the World Cup (D2). His 2016 hiring hasn't seemed to affect the team's results and has been heavily scrutinized by Mexican media.
'But you know who else is going to have a big World Cup? For the first time, he'll be joined by his younger brother and LA Galaxy teammate, Jonathan dos Santos.
Tite said midfielder Fred, newly signed by Manchester United, is still recovering from an ankle injury and is the team's only doubt.