The relationship between new Brazil coach Dunga and the team's talisman, Neymar, could be one to watch, with the manager criticising the forward over his dyed hair and choice of hats.
Central to Dunga's criticism, it seems, is his desire to make sure Neymar understands he is part of a team and that the team does not revolve around him.
In his first major press conference, the new man said:
I wouldn’t have allowed these players to die their hair while they were with the national team. Either do it before or after, but they should be thinking about the World Cup.
Neymar appears with a cap or without a cap. It should be [a Brazil cap]. We should be talking about what happens on the field.
Neymar is a reference for the world. He won’t play based on who he is. He’ll play depending on the team.
I didn’t like that the team came out with shirts in memory of Neymar [prior to the Germany game after Neymar was injured against Colombia].
The message conveyed was 'we lost a warrior'. But if we go to war we can’t keep crying. We can’t harm the soldier who takes their place.
The message of team and performance on the pitch may be well-intentioned, but the execution leaves a little to be desired.
Neymar performed to a high level during the 2014 World Cup despite huge expectations and pressure. His tournament was ended by a back injury, at which point his team subsequently fell away sharply.