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Gundogan: Germany paying no mind to 7-1 ahead of Brazil match

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While Dunga was floundering with the national side, Tite was winning the Brazilian manager of the year award in 2015, winning the league title for the second time with Corinthians in the process.

Brazil continued their preparations for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation by beating fellow favourites and current champions Germany 1-0 at the Olympiastadion Berlin this evening.

By presenting Gundogan and Sane to the media, Germany made another point: these two footballers, about to become Premier League champions with Manchester City, are proof that there is talent that was unused in 2014 now available to a stronger, perhaps better Germany as they plan their defence of the World Cup title in Russian Federation.

Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus bagged the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as the Samba Kings ended the worldwide break with a big win to build up confidence ahead of the June showpiece tournament.

Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho and Jesus all squandered opportunities to double down on their dominance in the second period, with Germany looking a shadow of the side that won their World Cup qualifying group with a 100 per cent record. The likes of Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino have been in stunning form for their clubs and will be ready to snap up any chance they're presented with. They're the Brazil everyone knows'. There was much talk of achieving the place in the final for their absent forward. Willian, Paulinho, and Fernandinho have almost 150 caps between them, which is the kind of experience that Brazil will need to beat Germany.

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Unless Tite has a sudden change of mind, or injuries mount, neither can expect to go Russian Federation, and even the first-choice status of PSG's Thiago Silva, who missed the Belo Horizonte battering with a suspension, is doubtful.

The defence is brimming with experience, with full-backs Dani Alves and Marcelo playing outside of centre-halves Miranda and Marquinhos, and in Roma's Alisson Becker the Selecao possess one of the best-performing goalkeepers in the world right now.

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Douglas Costa and Anderson Talisca will also be hoping to impress and become the 16th name on Tite's World Cup list.

Chances were at a premium during a cagey opening and when one did fall to Ilkay Gundogan after 17 minutes, the Manchester City midfielder could only blaze wildly over from Julian Draxler's cutback. "That gives them the capacity to always come back".

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