Carlos Alberto Parreira dismisses Dunga criticism
Dunga was recently appointed new coach of the Brazilian national team and has made headlines by publicly criticising the attitude of the Seleção during the World Cup as being "too emotional".
1994 World Cup winner Carlos Alberto Parreira was Luiz Felipe Scolari’s assistant during Brazil’s disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign and has defended the team's performance.
"I agree with him [Dunga] when he says that, perhaps, excessive emotion might have taken the focus away from what was really important. But it's not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. It's a moment thing," Parreira told Extra.
"At the Confederations Cup, it was great, it was wonderful. Now, not so much. Where's the truth?
Dunga has also criticised star player Neymar’s “excessive marketing” but Parreira rejects that this may have distracted the 22-year-old in any way.
"The marketing behind Neymar did not get in the way.
"Neymar was involved in absolutely everything, all the time. He was dedicating himself in training, he wasn't shying away from work and he's not the type of player to sit quietly at the medical department."
Brazil crashed out of the competition after suffering a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final before being beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.
Parreira, however, does not feel that the tournament was a complete flop.
"We were certainly not a ten, but not a zero either, because we made it to the semi-finals, which hadn't happened since 2002," he explained.
"I'd say we were from medium to good," completed the 71-year-old.