How to beat Brazil at the World Cup

Brazil are once again one of the favourites for this World Cup and the record five time winners of the tournament are confident about repeating their success. Yet, even the Bismarck had its weaknesses and the Samba Kings can be troubled in a few areas of the pitch – here is a low down of these areas.

5. Target the left-back

In Michel Bastos, Brazil have one of the fastest left-backs at the tournament. The marauding full back – reportedly being coveted by many top teams around Europe – presents a genuine threat for opposing defences but his tendency to go forward leaves the team exposed on the left. Bastos’ understudy is 34 year old Gilberto, who is also likely to struggle to keep up with younger, faster players. This represents a serious opportunity for teams to stick a fast player on the right flank and exploit the space that is likely to open up. Ivory Coast’s Salomon Kalou could cause problems for the Canaries.

4. Win the midfield battle

This is another potential problem area for the Samba stars. Dunga’s midfield is likely to consist of Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Kaka and Elano. With the exception of Gilberto Silva who is already 33, the rest are players who haven’t really had a good season at club level. Felipe Melo in particular had a nightmarish campaign at Juventus, while both Kaka and Elano failed to impress their new employers at Real Madrid and Galatasaray respectively. If opposing teams can put pressure on Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo, neither particularly renown for their passing ability, they may find a few loose balls and quick breaks go their way.

3. Keep Maicon out of the game

It is tough to imagine any full back who contributes so much to the attacking prowess of one team as Maicon does for Inter Milan and Brazil. The right-back’s powerful forays forward are often the focal point of the Sele

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