Is Brazilian football getting outdated and overrated?

Recent failure against Argentina in the Copa America, few days before the Olympics begin, has many wondering about the progress of Brazilian football or lack of it over recent years.

Recently, the Brazilian team finished as runners-up at Copa América, losing to Argentina in the final. At the time, Tite, for the first time in history, suffered a defeat at home and precisely to his biggest rival.

With the coach from Rio Grande do Sul, the team is not thrilled and has suffered a Neymar-dependence since 2011. However, in the tournament Lucas Paquetá was another name to stand out.

In the game, tactically, Brazil were dominated. Their biggest rival executed the high mark, destabilizing the defensive moment of Brazil. The Argentine side took advantage of this, with Angèl Di Maria giving the goalkeeper no chance with a lob.

Olympic team in the same direction?

The Olympic team said goodbye to the preparatory friendlies, winning via a 5-2 scoreline, against the United Arab Emirates. Despite a brace from Matheus Cunha, the game showed difficulty during the first 45 minutes.

Tactically, Brazil had a solid defense and pressed well but their passing fell short on a number of occasions.

Nervousness or not, the players missed fundamentals and André Jardine’s squad proved ineffective. Whether or not Brazil will win the Tokyo Olympics is another story. However, the difficulty of imposing both the main team and the base is a matter of concern.

Brazilian football needs to review a few pages and understand that some things that worked in the past, today they don’t work anymore.

Brazil will compete in the Olympic group stage with Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia. The first match is against Germany this Thursday (22), in the rematch of the Maracanã final of the last Olympic Games. That game will to an extent show Brazil’s intent in the competition.

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