Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Tough Test for the Samba Kings: Brazil vs Ivory Coast

After an unimpressive 2-1 win over Group G minnows North Korea, Brazil is now looking to raise their game in their upcoming crucial encounter with Ivory Coast on 20 June.

Before the tournament got underway, Brazil coach Dunga made it clear that his side would concentrate more on winning matches, rather than displaying their traditional ‘beautiful football’ in South Africa. However, nobody could imagine that Brazil’s performance would be as dismal as it was against North Korea in their opening fixture.

The Samba Kings know it very well that they have couple of tough tests ahead of them. One is against Ivory Coast and another one against Portugal. North Korea was thought to be Brazil’s easiest opponent in Group G, but the Selecaos failed to show any dominance over the Asians.

Dunga has a number of reasons to be worried about Ivory Coast. The West Africans picked up a point against Portugal in their first match. With captain Didier Drogba all set to start against Brazil, Ivory Coast is now determined to clinch 3 points from Sunday’s encounter.

Moreover, Brazil defense looked shaky and was often exposed against the toothless North Korean attacks. Real Madrid playmaker Kaka was far away from his usual self. His lackluster from made it difficult for the Brazilians to create scoring opportunities from the midfield.

Robinho and Elano, occupying the two wings, were pretty much impressive, but Brazil needs Kaka’s creative touch to produce venom in their attacks. Overall, Brazil needs to improve a lot on their previous match’s performance.

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