Expectations… Results or Beautiful Game?
Brazil won again, this time against brave Ghana. I’m not sure if we will be seeing any of the beautiful style we were used to watch in Barcelona or Real Madrid in this World Cup. Have our players the talent to do so? Everybody knows that they do. The dilemma is whether you want to see results or beautiful game. Many people here, including TV commentators, are talking about this. If our team was any other team in the world people would be more than happy to see a scoring side with offensive objectives like ours. But Brazil can’t do just that. The world is still waiting for the ‘Nike mode’ to kick in.
I’ve seen people saying that Ghana played better than Brazil, which is absolutely not true. We saw the defending champions playing against a newcomer with nothing to lose. They shot 18 times against 11 Brazilian attempts, but only 7 were on goal against 10 of ours. Heart against heart, Ghana was obviously more motivated, but Brazil is looking for the title and did what it had to be done to advance.
Our team is among the top scorer teams (10 goals with Germany and Argentina) and only conceded 1 goal (same as Portugal and Italy). We had the largest score in the round of sixteen and yet people are still bashing our chances. The truth is that Brazil is not playing well. You read it right. I agree that Brazil is flying under their true capability. If Ghana had some killer instincts they would have scored some goals, same goes to Brazil. We clearly had some obvious chances in front of the goalkeeper, but also missed those chances.
What about the dilemma? Play beautifully or win? I can’t expect anything less than BOTH from this team. Not only the Brazilian people want to see this team rocking, but everyone else too. We have a big problem called Parreira. Now is the time when non-Brazilians say ‘you expect too much from your team’. No, no, I don’t agree. We started the second half with a 2 goal advantage. Brazil should grow even more and attack with full force, but Parreira doesn’t like too many goals. Against Japan Ricardinho’s mission was to avoid any more Brazilian goals, but this time he decided to rebel against Parreira’s instructions and added the mobility Ronaldinho have failed to provide. Zé Roberto, man of the match, was served by Ricardinho.
The beautiful Brazil will only happen if we keep attacking even after the score is positive. The twin towers cannot play together. Ronaldo and Adriano are holding down our team’s capability, clearly imposing a distance that Ronaldinho and Kaká are unable to cover. Parreira is not the only one to be blamed, of course. Some players must wake up as soon as possible. Ronaldinho specially. He is the main candidate for the World Cup’s greatest disappointment by far. Robinho, who is getting ready to play against France, will be his tool for waking his skills up. Our defense is fine, by the way. Lucio is dominating and didn’t commit any faults until now, believe it or not. He is our Gamarra!
Now we’ll see Zidane against a healthy Ronaldo. The Brazilian team is avoiding saying anything about paying back the 1998 final, but they are alone. Brazil must win this, not only to advance, but to celebrate the end of a great footballer’s career. Goodbye Zidane! Of course I don’t know if Brazil will overcome a rising France, but I surely believe it can be done.
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