Ronaldo urges Brazil changes

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo believes boss Luiz Felipe Scolari must make changes if the hosts are to win the World Cup on their own turf for the first time.

Last Updated: 04/07/14 at 16:58 Post Comment

Ronaldo: Unimpressed by Brazil so far

Ronaldo: Unimpressed by Brazil so far

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Brazil have been criticised for a string of unconvincing performances, only scraping past Chile in the round of 16 after a penalty shootout.

And ahead of Friday's quarter-final battle against a Colombia side that has won all four games so far, the two-time World Cup winner has urged Scolari to reawaken his attack.

"We are waiting for a good performance by Brazil," Ronaldo said.

"We are not playing well. I am disappointed with the first four matches. I think he (Scolari) will change something. I don't know what."

Strikers Fred and Jo have netted just one of Brazil's eight goals between them.

"They aren't playing well," Ronaldo said. "There are no secrets - my advice is to run a lot - but it's not easy to play like a No 9, even if you have Neymar playing with you."              

An expectant nation's hopes hang heavily on Neymar but Ronaldo has backed the 22-year-old forward, who has scored half of his side's haul, to keep thriving in the spotlight.

"I see Neymar and I don't think that he really thinks about the pressure," Ronaldo said.

"He's very calm, he's relaxed. He's just like a kid, just thinking about playing well and score goals, even if the pressure is so big. He is okay, he can handle it very well."

On his hopes for the final showdown on July 13, he added: "I dream with a final match between Brazil and Argentina."

Scolari is expected to stick by Fred, with Hulk in support, but he will be forced into at least one change further back because holding midfielder Luis Gustavo is suspended, Paulinho's expected recall set to allow Fernandinho to play in a deeper role.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company