After the disaster at Mineirao, when the ruthless German squad toyed with their team and made sure they made history in the worst possible way, Brazilians knew that change was inevitable. However, the style of today’s Brazil is not too different to any of their teams of last two decades, but a lack of true stars is more visible than ever. After losing Neymar to a sixth red card in his senior career, the rest of his teammates look distinctly average.
Looking at this team you can easily point to two major weaknesses. For a long time Brazil has had a hard time finding a top class striker, and Dunga’s decision to use Firmino up front and off his preferred attacking midfield position reflects this perfectly. On the other side of the pitch, the Brazilian defenders are well-known, but seriously lack tactical discipline. Their frequent runs forward were exposed time and again by the efficient Germans and left a lot of opportunities for others to score as well.
When it comes to basic tactics, Brazil has been pretty predictable as of late.
Because most of their defenders (all except Silva) constantly pushing forward, Dunga’s Brazil use a really strong backup in the form of a two-man defensive midfield, leaving just one quality passer to distribute the ball. Both of Brazil’s big stars up front (Neymar, Hulk) prefer the inside forward role, so their striker may play as either a target man, or a sort of false nine, depending on the particular game plan.
Let us know how you could make things work for Brazil using Top Eleven tactics.