Diego Maradona warns Brazil must improve if they are to win 2014 World Cup
Diego Maradona has warned Brazil that they must improve defensively if they are to win the World Cup.
The Argentina legend believes they must cope better when under pressure from attacks if they are to give all Brazilian what they crave – a sixth World Cup title.
Goal quoted Maradona, he said: “Barring one or two incidents like the own goal in the first match and the goalless draw in the second, the World Cup has followed the script every Brazilian wanted.
“The hosts can take that if they want but should also review the way they have played so far. If they do that, Brazil will find there is as much to worry about as there is to be upbeat.
“Usually, one doesn't talk about weaknesses after a 4-1 win, but the way Brazil defended in the first half against Cameroon will surely excite other teams.
“There was no resistance in the midfield and their defence crumbled every time the Africans constructed a move.”
Maradona looked back on the Brazil teams of 1994 and 2002 and believes this current side doesn’t match in the defence and midfield department.
The Argentinean legend added: “The Brazil teams which won the title in 1994 and 2002 had muscle in the midfield and defence but this lot look vulnerable in those departments.
"With sterner tests coming up, these areas will come under closer examination and Brazil must show they can cope better with the occasion to live up to expectations.”