The great Brazilian national football team are looking anything but at the moment. After being dumped out of the Copa America by Paraguay, the team were well beaten by Germany in an international friendly tonight. 3-2 was the final score but they were very lucky to lose by only a one goal margin. At once stage in the match, Germany had 69% ball possession!
Brazil were a complete mess from start to finish. After their Copa America shambles, if anything, they were even worse tonight. The public are slowly starting to get frustrated with coach Mano Menezes. His team has now lost against France, Argentina and Germany and failed to beat any big names since he became coach more than a year ago. Some Brazilians have been fed up with the national team since 2006!
Neymar once again failed to live up to his hype. Apart from his well taken goal in the 90th minute he was a passenger for most of the match. Alexandre Pato proved to be the nearly man once again with some good touches and runs but no goals. Gansoâ€™s poor form meant he started the game on the bench and he did little to suggest that he should have started when he came on. Fernandinho (Shakhtar) made his debut in midfield but spend most of his evening chasing shadows. Ralf (Corinthians) also made his debut in the defensive midfield position with Lucas Leiva suspended. He did alright but I canâ€™t say more than that. He has the physical presence that Brazil need in midfield but is that really enough to play for Brazil?
The side are a collection of talented youngsters and prima donnaâ€™s with no leaders except for Lucio (and possibly Robinho as crazy as that sounds). Poor positioning, lack of cohesiveness, lack of physical presence, lack of leadership and lack of effort are criticisms you can level at the team. The performance was apathetic. Brazil are building for the 2014 World Cup but this is basically their full strength team. Who else can they turn too? KakÃ¡? Ronaldinho GaÃºcho? But do those two really have the legs that are needed at international level? Where are all the leaders?
Tonight raised a lot more questions and gave no new answers. This was basically the same group that flopped out of the Copa America. Nothing has changed. Mano looks like he has run out of ideas.