Diego and Tardelli and Elias Say Brazil Must Move On
Elias and Diego Tardelli, called up by Brazil coach Dunga for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador, have said it is time to forget the failures of the World Cup and move forward.
Tardelli, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro and helped them to the 2013 Copa Libertadores, said a new cycle was beginning.
“We are always going to have that responsibility, but at the same time I feel proud. It is time to forget what has gone. It is in the past,” he told reporters in Miami.
Elias, of Paulista outfit Corinthians, believes Dunga's attempt to blend youth with experience for the national side is a positive. Three players – Everton Ribeiro and Ricardo Goulart of Cruzeiro, alongside Corinthians' Gil – received their first ever call-ups to the seleção.
But Elias also pointed out that it will take a lot of hard work to forget what happened at the World Cup.
“It stayed with us, even for those who did not represent Brazil at the World Cup. The players were hurt, but not only them. I also feel this defeat,” he said.
Brazil play their first post-World Cup friendly on Friday, against Colombia, at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.