Brazil coach Parreira says he can't please everyone
Parreira says he can't please everyone
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) - Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira,
reacting to the inevitable barrage of criticism following his experimental
team's Confederations Cup exit, said on Tuesday he would need to field 15
forwards to keep all his critics happy.
Parreira was predictably bombarded with selection suggestions after Monday's 2-2
draw with Turkey in France, commentators back home agreeing that his biggest
mistake was to leave out midfielder Alex.
The Cruzeiro player brought new life to the five-times world champions when he
came on for Ricardinho midway through the second half and Brazilians wanted to
know why he didn't start.
"We have to have a balanced team and I had to choose between Ronaldinho and Alex,"
Parreira told a Brazilian round table television programme by telephone from
France. "Ronaldinho is a little more experienced so he was chosen."
"I have great admiration for Alex but we played perfectly well without him for
the first 45 minutes," he added, referring to the first-half when Brazil led 1-0
but could have easily scored more goals.
Reading a list of some of Brazil's top players, Parreira added: "We've got
Robinho, Diego, Renato, Elano, Paulo Almeida, Ronaldo, Rivaldo.... -- if we
wanted to field all of these players that the supporters want in the team, I
would have to play with 15 forwards.
"But we have to have balance. There's no point in having 15 names and no team."
Parreira, forced by club commitments to take a second string side to the
competition which clashed with the Brazilian championship, South American
Libertadores Cup and Spanish championship, refused to be downhearted.
"I've seen a lot of good things here," he said. "Remember that we are working
for the World Cup, that is our target."
Parreira, who named 11 uncapped players in his squad, said some had found
international football a bit of a shock.
"It's a very big jump from club to national team," he said. "In the game against
Cameroon, (striker) Gil was shocked by the marking. Of course, next time they
will be more confident."
Former coach Emerson Leao was sacked after Brazil finished fourth in the same
tournament two years ago but there seemed no danger that Parreira, given
full-backing by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) beforehand, would
suffer a similar fate.
The CBF's website said Tuesday that Parreira had thanked his team for their
"The coach... reaffirmed that all the players deserved their chance and could be
picked again," it said.