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Brazil: Increased defense and less fantasy plays this time

Kaka is undoubtedly the biggest star in the Brazilian national team, but Pele says that he feels a little concerned about the current condition of the 28 year old attacking midfielder, who experienced a very difficult season with his club Real Madrid as he was in poor shape, and was overshadowed by the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, a player Kaka will face at the World Cup since both Brazil and Portugal belong to Group G.

Ronaldinho failed to make it to the 23 men Brazilian squad that traveled to South Africa,which is why Kaka is the most symbolic figure in the team, and the one that is supposed to guide the rest of the players with his creative influence, and that is precisely what Pele is concerned about, as he is praying that the young star will perform according to expectations.

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Pele has said that playing beautiful football will not be enough this time in order to come up with a good result at the cup. He is concerned about the good condition of teams such as England, Germany and Italy because such teams does not play a visually-attractive game, instead, they are more tactical and defensive, which is why it is difficult to imagine that the “Cariocas” are going to get crowned as world champions.

The veteran Pele wants to be convinced by his national team and Kaka said to the press that he is getting better and better every day, and that the 3-time FIFA World Cup winner doesn’t need to be worried since he is more fit than a few months ago and is prepared to face the challenges that will be presented to him at South Africa.

The cup is going to the team that wants it the most, and Brazil is always amongst those squads, and this year, they will apply a more pragmatic style, as Coach Dunga said that they are not that focused on fantasy plays, instead, they want to increase their defensive tactics in order to attain results.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is the leader of Brazil’s defensive line, which also includes players such as Maicon, Lucio, Michel Bastos and Juan, also with Felipe Melo and Gilberto Silva helping by containing attacks in the midfield.

With a decrease offensive, it is clear that Brazil will have to focus their strengths in protecting their goal area.

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