Thiago Silva was not best pleased with Serbia’s coach following Brazil’s World Cup win last night.

As quoted by Mercado Do Futebol after Tite’s team kickstarted their tournament with a 2-0 victory, Chelsea’s Silva called out Dragan Stoikovic.

In the build-up to the contest in Qatar on Thursday, Stoikovic rather jovially joked about Brazil’s breadth of attacking talent.

“What did you say? Four attackers will be playing against Serbia? Then we are ruined,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

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“Will anyone be playing in defence?”

Tite probably could’ve selected a side full of forward players, and did rather go gung-ho with his selection against Serbia.

Tottenham Hotspur signing Richarlison started up front, flanked by Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Raphinha.

A quartet full of razzle and dazzle, but they were given the basis to show off their array of skills by a strong Brazilian backbone.

Silva shuts down Serbia

Casemiro shuttled up and down in front of the defence, giving protection to the sturdy pair of Silva and Marquinhos.

Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson ensured his net remained untouched.

Stoikovic’s comments about the Seleção Canarinha’ potentially flimsy backline clearly backfired, as they kept Serbia at bay relatively easily.

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”Their coach said: “they are going to play with four forwards, is there anyone back there?”, that is disrespectful. If you had studied our team, you would see that we conceded few goals,” slammed Silva once the match had concluded.

Chelsea’s defender got the last laugh in the aftermath of a proud moment for him personally.

The 38-year-old lead out his compatriots as their captain yesterday and simultaneously became the oldest player to represent Brazil at a World Cup.

This title might be reclaimed by 39-year-old Dani Alves if he appears in the competition.

For now, Thiago has taken the tag.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.