Business has never been as booming at the Brazilian branch of the Kleenex conglomerate, who can’t churn tissues out quick enough right now.
Following the quarter-final crocking that terminated Neymar’s World Cup involvement, stemming the natives’ tears in the land of samba is proving an even bigger challenge than ensuring everyone was stocked up for the Friends finale.
Brazil, bereft of the Roy to their Rovers, head into their semi-final against Germany with the odds moguls at bwin.com unable to pick a favourite, pricing both participants up at 7/4 to win the match.
Home advantage for the Canarinho is negated by the fact die Mannschaft are the stronger footballing faction, a conclusion most likely deduced in knowledge that the stricken Barcelona star will be absent.
But, this shouldn’t be an issue for the Selecao as they go about booking an eighth World Cup final berth, with the loss of Neymar set to help, not hinder Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.
“Madness!” the judgement-clouded nation of Brazil scream in unison, but wait, there’s a little method behind the theory, which you’re urged to read on to discover.
The Brazil side that dominated the Confederations Cup attacked with vibrancy and verve, but this team looks laboured when going about their goal-getting exploits just a year later.
The reason? Because they’ve shifted Neymar inside at the detriment of their remaining three frontmen.
Oscar has shuffled to the right, where he hasn’t been able to orchestrate as effectively, while Hulk’s threat cutting inside has been nullified through his station on the left.
Fred, top scorer at the Confed Cup, has cut an isolated chap as a result and been made the scapegoat for the Selecao’s final third foibles.
With Neymar confined to the sick bay, a formation reconfiguration will solve all.
Willian will most likely be ushered in, who confirmed at Chelsea he can create from the wing.
This will cater for Blues compadre Oscar to move back inside as well as Hulk’s reversion to the right.
That ghostly figure up top they call Fred might actually get a kick as a result and, voila Brazil, you’ve got yourself that fully-functioning, defensive-headache-inducing attacking machine you’ve craved all tournament.