sport news 'The pressure on Brazil will always be there... but we're on the right track,' ...

With clear blue skies and glorious sunshine over a glistening sea and with impatient drivers on winding roads it could easily be a tiny patch of Brazil nestling in the verdant hills above the Black Sea.

True, there is a distinct absence of sand because the beach is rocky, the natural wonders are a little less striking and Russia's seaside vibe involves a surreal blend of designer bustle and hardcore house music rather than the lazy swing of Ipanema.

Yet Tite's squad have slipped smoothly into their camp above Sochi to focus on Sunday's opener against Switzerland, their first fixture in the World Cup finals since the seven-goal humiliation at the hands of Germany.

Brazil are continuing their preparations to win a record sixth World Cup this summer

Brazil are continuing their preparations to win a record sixth World Cup this summer

The South American side trained at their World Cup base in Sochi on Wednesday

The South American side trained at their World Cup base in Sochi on Wednesday

Brazil coach Tite has done a brilliant job since taking charge of his country in June 2016

Brazil coach Tite has done a brilliant job since taking charge of his country in June 2016

Four years on and a pleasing sub-tropical climate comes without the stifling weight of expectation they suffered as the host nation and experts consider this to be Brazil's best team since they last conquered the world in 2002.

Tite is a popular boss with the trust of his players and there were few fitness issues despite not managing to get all 23 of the squad out to train on the same day.

Brazil trained on Wednesday without Fred, set to become a midfielder after the tournament with a £52million fee agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fred worked alone on the grass encircled by a nearby athletics track. Twisting and turning and punching volleys back to the coaches he does not seem far away.

Neymar was all smiles, fooling around with Philippe Coutinho, full of tricks and flicks on the ball as the players went through their warm-up routine at the Yug Sport Stadium as dozens of TV reporters filed live updates from the touchline.

Fred trained alone from the Brazil squad as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury

Fred trained alone from the Brazil squad as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury

The midfielder is set to join Manchester United in a £52million deal after the World Cup

The midfielder is set to join in a £52million deal after the World Cup

A lot of expectation will be on Neymar's (centre) shoulders with the forward their talisman

A lot of expectation will be on Neymar's (centre) shoulders with the forward their talisman

Philippe Coutinho (centre) will also be expected to pull the strings from a deeper role in Russia

Philippe Coutinho (centre) will also be expected to pull the strings from a deeper role in Russia

Neymar shares a joke with team-mate Paulinho during Wednesday's training session

Neymar shares a joke with team-mate Paulinho during Wednesday's training session

'The pressure on Brazil will always be there,' said Paulinho. 'It was there for the last World Cup. We were under pressure.

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV sport news Commentary legend Barry Davies claims 'silence can be golden' ahead of World Cup
NEXT sport news Arsenal expecting to sign Yacine Adli as Unai Emery raids former club PSG for ...