Preview: Brazil vs Germany – Olympic Games
With the disappointment from the Copa America still fresh in their minds, can Brazil go all the way in the Olympics once again? Well, there is a positive chance they can do just that.
Brazil come into this competition defending their crown, after winning the last edition played on home soil in Rio de Janeiro.
To start their competition, they couldn’t have gotten a better opponent than Germany, the same team they beat on penalties to win the tournament back in 2016.
Brazil already know what it is like to beat their opponents and they’ll surely be favorites ahead of this one. The crunch fixture is scheduled for Thursday at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama.
Brazil are used to sending their best possible U-23 squad to the Olympics, something that explains the South American giants hold this competition in high regard.
They come into this game, having come from behind to beat the United Arab Emirates 5-2 in their last friendly before the competition proper. Taking that game into account, Brazil were not at their best, despite the scoreline. However, they were clinical enough when it mattered and boasting that attribute could come in handy in the course of the tournament. Matheus Cunha was the star of the day, having bagged a late brace.
Prior to that game, they won Serbia via a 3-0 scoreline, with Pedro also grabbing a brace as well.
Having won gold on home soil in Rio 2016, Brazil will be eager to defend their crown in Tokyo. They boast a squad featuring a host of talented names. Experience couldn’t have come better with the likes of Diego Carlos and Dani Alves as two of their over-aged players. The latter is the oldest player to play in the competition this time around and is easily the most experienced name across all teams.
Elsewhere, the likes of Richarlison, Douglas Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Antony are also the squad that has so much talent and firepower on paper.