Brazil Still Lacking The Intensity To Inspire

After a fortunate victory over Croatia, this was Brazil's opportunity to impress its adoring public. As Daniel Storey stresses, they need to up their intensity pretty soon...

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bocarat (Chelsea) says...

Nice article, nicely summed things up I think. Fred was so disappointing. A very pedestrian Brazil side for the most part. Don't agree on the Oscar comment at all, played very well indeed in their first game, just didn't show as we yesterday against a busy Mexican side. Surprised they haven't played more of Willian so far - very industrious for Chelsea this season and could be just what they need in an attacking midfield role. Amazed Luiz hasn't screwed up yet.....most overrated player in World football right now.

Posted 7:14pm 18th June 2014

tk421 says...

@ wallybazoom, although I agree that Mata was keeper over Oscar at Chelsea, I dont think you can say that Oscar is "the epitome of average". I'd reserve the term "average" is for players like Stewart Downing.

Posted 11:44am 18th June 2014

Jay_D says...

You have to question Scolari's judgement here. Playing a midfield of Paulinho, Gustavo and Rameries would have even made Dunga cringe. Leaving out Moura and Coutinho doesn't look so smart now either and I'm sure he could have handled the Diego Costa situation better. Saying that if Brazil manage to find their confederations cup form they'll be unstoppable.

Posted 10:45am 18th June 2014

chelseablue_no1 (Chelsea) says...

I would go 4-3-3 with a front line of Oscar, Neymar and Willian, then push David Luiz into midfield with Fernandinho and Gustavo alongside him.

Posted 10:05am 18th June 2014

redkev (Liverpool) says...

Lucas Moura yes, Coutinho yes, but they've plenty of creative midfielders in the squad. Brazil are strangely lacking in strikers once Hulk got injured but Scolari's team selection has to be questioned. Jo looked better than Fred, Paulinho ahead of Fernandinho seems like a duh!! But why pick a team (representing a country that craves and lauds attacking play and players) with two defensive midfielders (Fernandinho could've done the job of Gustavo & Paulinho) AND Ramires. At least one of those should've been left out for Willian or Bernard and actually I would've played a midfield of Fernandinho and Oscar with Willian & Bernard wide. Then, Neymar operating in his free role behind a mahogany wardrobe instead of no bread Fred. PS: I thought Mexico were heroic.

Posted 9:50am 18th June 2014

SissOhNo (Liverpool) says...

Actually, I'd say this Brazil team is exactly the sum of its parts and that's the problem.

Posted 9:48am 18th June 2014

IrishBlue says...

Fernandinho in to CM in place of Paulinho, Willian & Bernard in place of Ramires and Fred, with Neymar taking the most forward position. He is more of a 9 than Fabregas who has done it plenty of times for Spain.

Posted 9:44am 18th June 2014

bolak (Leyton Orient) says...

Their team is crying out for the pace of and directness of Willian. Scolari is playing a dangerous game sticking to his favourites if Brazil crash out and WW3 starts over there.

Posted 9:08am 18th June 2014

ball-der-dash says...

The late 90's-early 00's vintages were about more than one player. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho yes, but Rivaldo, Cafu, Bobby Carlos and even Denilson were pretty ruddy talented. Those boys were more than capable of living up to the cliché of Brazilian flair and (groan) 'samba football'.

Posted 9:05am 18th June 2014

herculezbotak (Manchester United) says...

Is it too late to raise alarm bells that this Brazilian team might not make it pass the group stage?

Posted 9:04am 18th June 2014

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