Dunga Holds Off Naming Team To Face Uruguay

Brazilian coach Dunga will not be rushed into naming an unchanged side to face Uruguay in tomorrow’s semi-final, despite his last team selection hammering Chile 6-1 on Saturday.

“Just because we won, I don’t want to say that the winning team will not change. A team which wins evolves,” said the coach to journalists earlier today.

Dunga has changed his side for each of Brazil’s four games. Diego was discarded as the pivotal creative influence after 45 minutes of the first game, while his replacement Anderson did not hold his place for the third game.

But despite the chopping and changing Dunga does seem to have settled on a midfield of Gilberto Silva, Josué, Mineiro and Julio Baptista. This formation started the final group game against Ecuador and Saturday’s against Chile.

Featuring three holding midfielders it was a selection heavily criticised as un-Brazilian both before and after the poor 1-0 victory over Ecuador, which only came thanks to Robinho converting a penalty he conned from the referee.

But criticism has become somewhat muted since Saturday’s impressive performance with Brazil’s Band television network commentators for last night’s game between Argentina and Peru even going so far as to call Dunga’s new tactical scheme ideal for confronting Argentina in a potential final match-up, given their fiercest rivals’ offensive power and the absence of Kaká and Ronaldinho.


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