Costa Rica may use two players to stop Neymar – Ramirez

first_imgCosta Rica boss Oscar Ramirez has suggested that he will be using two of his players to man-mark Neymar ahead of their clash with Brazil todayLos Ticos saw their five-game unbeaten run at the World Cup finals end last Sunday when they defeated by Serbia in their Group E opener.Costa Rica are currently bottom of the group table, but they will be hoping to emulate Switzerland’s strong display against Brazil last weekend as they hope to avoid losing back-to-back World Cup games for the first time since June 2006 – where they lost four in a row.One big factor in the outcome of their match against Brazil will be the form of Neymar, who has struggled with an ankle injury this week and had been a concern for head coach Tite before he had confirmed his availability.And Ramirez knows that the 26-year-old cannot be taken lightly – but he is refusing to resort to the same sort of aggressive tactics that Switzerland had used when they fouled him 10 times.“Neymar is a very skilled player and it’s true that people have tried to stop him a little aggressively,” Ramirez, as stated on WSAU.“We have our own strategy and we will see what happens.“Maybe we will cover him by two men. But of course, we don’t want to see any sort of offences against him or any unfair attacks against him. The players know what to do.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…The 53-year-old surprised the media by announcing his line-up for the match with just one change planned in replacing left-back Francisco Calvo for Bryan Oviedo.However, Ramirez remained cautious on Costa Rica repeating their 2014 World Cup feats that saw them reach the quarter-finals being knocked out by the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out.“We know our country very well and people in our country don’t like losing,” he added.“Whenever we defend our colors and our shirt we want to win. Sometimes we are a little self-destructive I fear.”The Costa Rica head coach also denied reports of a falling out in the dressing room.“Certain information has been published and supposedly they come from inside the team, but I wouldn’t say so,” he added.“It’s true that some players are closer to some others, but they are not different groups, there are no problems within the team. I haven’t had to intervene at all, there were no clashes.”last_img

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