Brazil have always been required to play beautiful and attractive football

Brazil have always been required to play beautiful and attractive football, but national team boss Dunga had his hands tied for the recent knockout match against Venezuela in the Copa America.

Without the team’s star striker Neymar, the coach decided to opt for a pragmatic approach to the game. Brazil managed to please a lot of fans after reaching the quarter-finals by beating the opposition 2-1 with goals from Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino. Brazil looked to be comfortably reaching the next stage of the competition before Fedor’s late goal raised to some hopes for Venezuela but they disappear quickly.

Dunga has claimed that winning is more important than playing attractive football. Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament – even if Brazil reached the final – after being given a four match suspension for his inability to control himself in the 1-0 defeat against Colombia. Brazil qualified for the knockout stages despite this defeat. After having overcome Venezuela in the first knockout round, they will take on Paraguay in the quarter-finals. Brazil are amongst the favourites to win the tournament, but the lack of Neymar has brought back memories of the painful exit in the World Cup 2014. Brazil lost back-to-back matches without their talisman striker in this competition.

Neymar alone is carrying the weight of the current Brazilian team

The experts and analysts are saying that Neymar alone is carrying the weight of the current Brazilian team and his exclusion would weaken the team to a significant extent, but, Ze Roberto thinks on different lines.

According to the 40-year old Footballer, who is not active in the international circuit now, Neymar is very popular all over the world and thus, he would always be in the sight of everyone. People would follow him and talk about him all the time and it’s also a fact that he has been performing wonderfully well for Brazil, but, apart from him, the Selecao possess some other good players as well and there is no reason why the team can’t win at a big stage even in his absence.

Ze Roberto reckons Brazil has found a good balance following the World Cup and it has got to do with the way Dunga has worked. There must have been a temptation to make the wholesale changes after that thrashing that the team received at the hands of Germany in WC, but, the incoming manager remains very sensible. He did not fire everyone. He knew he needed a bit of experience as well in his ranks to be able to build a new team.

Felipe Scolari as best replacement of Dunga

When Dunga was chosen as the successor for Felipe Scolari after a very poor World Cup, many eyebrows were raised at this decision largely because Dunga is a manager who favours pragmatic football more than attacking football.

The football style of the former World Cup winning captain was heavily criticised before he was replaced by Mano Menezes. Dunga has worked extremely hard in order to overcome this reputation when he took over after the World Cup. Since he had especially come in at a difficult time for Brazilian football, Dunga says that the pressure was extreme as well.

Ledley King retirement soon

It’s been over 2 years since Ledley King announced his retirement from playing football after experiencing a career that was plagued by chronic knee problems which forced the English defender on having to hang up his boots earlier than desired. Even with all of the injuries that troubled Ledley King, he still managed to make over 260 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and is even considered to be one of the best players to wear the jersey of the club at the White Hart Lane.

Ledley King has recently voiced his opinion concerning the current situation of his former club. Tottenham Hotspur started this season of the Premier League in a superb form as they defeated West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers but things started to take a turn for the worse after losing against Liverpool and a few weeks later against West Bromwich Albion.

The objective that Mauricio Pochettino has for Tottenham and his squad of players is to help guide the team on reaching and securing a Champions League spot but Ledley King believes this will be a very difficult task to accomplish.

“It is going to be tough to finish in the top four this season.There’s going to be six or seven teams thinking they’ve got a chance of the top four.We are one of them but a lot of things would have to go right for us this season’’

“It will be difficult this season but long-term we have the right manager.I’m sure he’ll still want to bring in one or two players.It is going to take a little bit of time for him to get his thoughts and methods across. But we’re confident he is the right man’’Ledley King told the press.

This is debut season of Mauricio Pochettino in charge of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur but if the Argentine coach is unable on finishing the season in one of the top spots of the English League, his job is likely to be at risk but Ledley King believes that Pochettino is the ideal coach for Tottenham and that he will be able to get things done.