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206. Berba_Was_KingAre you one of the 90% of PL fans that thinks form is the only reason to select a player? People don't understand that PL football is hugely different to European or international football, of LB has very little exp of. Has he ever even played in the CL?I'm not saying I'd def choose him but Cole is proven against the very best. Walker wouldn't get anywhere near that game!
@203 Gunner StormLike the eclipse of the FA Cup, the South Americans now take the Confeds Cup as seriously as the Copa America and Italy and Spain took it as seriously as the Euros.The gentle warm-ups were the matches played by England and France in Brazil beforehand.This Brazil team was born as the 2012 Olympic team, then refined and hardened at the Confederations Cup. Good decisions!
@195 Gunnerstorm - Hahaha that team would get destroyed by any side that could counter attack. I bet Switzerland would put about 6-7 past them. @194 Baggio "You like making these sweeping statements" - I still remember the statement that Uruguay were clear favourites 2 win Olympics. Yikes, how did that go. The only 1 2 even suggest Mexico as dark horses, was urs truly, Copernicus of Football. ;)
@203 - Just couldn't resist could you?! ;-)@201 - Play Cole? Wouldn't even have him in the squad!@193 - This is the only football HYS open though about Brazil's dilemma about who should play up front for them during the WC. Not surprisingly some people couldn't care less and rather talk about domestic matters or CL. For the record I say bring back Romario!
204. yakubusdietI disagree. If we go all out for the win (in our typically simplistic and English way that just means attack with the full backs), it will expose out 2 pretty slow CBs to Suarez. It will be Utd v Liv all over again.The ageing defence will be more vulnerable if we attack with pace, on the counter. We don't have the technical players to pick them apart at a slow tempo.
@201 JebThe problem v Uruguay is that there is Cavani to worry about as well as Suarez.The solution is to be on the front foot and to attack their slow defence.The danger is that Uruguay start v Costa Rica and if they beat them and then England, you're going home as quickly as Scotland always do.England must avoid the temptation to neutralise Italy and Uruguay and instead go all out to win.
@190. yakubusdietThe confederations cup was no serious taken event. Brazil had the ultimate advantage of being in their own climate and had room to test out some promising players like Paulinho (who didn't marvel at his opportunity, altho got a dream move to spurs). the other nations used it to simply as a training ground to build exp in a different climate, however all impacted by the warfare.
@194 BaggioI vividly recall seeing fresh teams early in their season (USSR, Sweden et al) over-achieve at various World Cups, while "better" teams bomb out, exhausted.I think we'll have a better idea of who will struggle when we see who goes how far in the Champions League, because players with 65 matches in their legs will struggle in Brazil.
194. BaggiosPonytail How do you feel about the prospect of Cahill and Jagielka up against Suarez? Roy has some big decisions to make for that game. I'd possibly prefer the experience of Cole at LB to cover the CBs against Suarez over Baines?
195. GunnerStorm Which international friendly did he play Luiz RB & Alves LB?
Sucks to be Jese right now, that was the guy I would have thought was nailed on to have a breakout tournament, shame we'll not get to see him but we'll get to see dour failure by the 11 overrated men in the three lions shirts.btw I seem to know less about world football than some of you, which Wikipedia pages should I read and is DBP a cornocopea of footballing knowledge to ingest ?
What happened to Leandro Damiao? I thought he was the big hope for Brazil in the centre forward position?
Scolari's biggest gift to Brazil is creating a settled team which is a solid group. We see the same with Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, even Ecuador.I don't see how any country can assemble a last minute scratch team and expect it to even be the sum of its parts.Rodgers has assembled a cohesive team at Liverpool: contrast that with Tottenham being far less than the sum of its parts.
I hope England goes with a young side + Gerrard, Cole & Lampard. I really don't think Rooney is in the frame of mind to do anything at the world cup and I'm tired of broken expectations. Sturridge is already learning from a master at Anfield, doesn't need Rooney. At least the old midfielders can coach the younger ones, as they do at clubs. I think the young Soton guys + the Ox + Barkley can shine.
@189. BaggiosPonytail I cba sorting out the exact formation+positions, I only listed my 11 & pasted the exact defense from an international friendly so if you want to take up a complaint about it you need forward it to Scolari.You have discluded Fernandinho from your lineup, which not only makes you a hypocrite but a muppet for using my expert knowledge to come up with a simliar lineup.
@190 yakubusdietYou like making these sweeping statements that nobody here was watching the Confederations. Well I was and remember there was quite a lot of discussion about it. But clearly with only those teams you mentioned involved (and Tahiti) most didn't get that opportunity for a dry run.Anyway as has been mentioned before Uruguay have a team on the decline (except Suarez & Cavani).
@187This is the BBC's South American football blog. Those of us who come here do so to follow South American football.And in a World Cup year to be quite honest I hardly care about club football, except in terms of who gets injured and misses the World Cup and who gets burned out and fails at the World Cup.I grew up in Manchester as a City fan. But there are bigger fish to fry this year.
@186 Berba_Was_KingYeah. Barkley is a really exciting prospect who has improved a lot in the last year. My hope is that he doesn't get hyped up too much and is allowed to develop his game.As for Wales and Scotland I think they have a decent chance. 3rd place gets you into a play off and then who knows. Kind of think it's too many participants though.
@188 - Nah that's fine mate, only kidding. I watched Paulinho at the Confeds and he looked like a really good player, still think he is but has to used properly. Anyway let's move on...Chelsea - good win, dark horses for me in this season's CL. Take a very good side to beat them. Man United CAN do it tonight but don't know how they should play it. Go for it from the 1st min or be cagey.
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