Brazil coach Carlos
Alberto Parreira is stressing the need for speed when his side make
their Confederations Cup debut with a Group B match against Greece in
Leipzig on Thursday.
For world player of the year Ronaldinho, just generating some noise
would be nice.
"It's been too quiet," Ronaldinho said from the confines of the team's
secluded hotel near Cologne.
"I've never seen anywhere as quiet as this. We really need a big change."
A 40,000 crowd will pack the Zentralstadion in Leipzig to give
Ronaldinho his wish but the world champions are not expecting an easy
night against the European champions.
"We're going to need more speed in our play if we're going to beat
Greece," Parreira said as the team left for Leipzig. "They are very
efficient in defence."
Ronaldo is missing from the Brazilian squad, after the Real Madrid
forward was given an extended holiday, but Adriano is back after scoring
twice for Inter Milan in the first leg of the Italian Cup final against
Brazil lost 3-1 to Argentina in their last game, a result that means
they need three points from their last three regional games to qualify
for next year's World Cup and Parreira is worried about his defence.
"We'll need to be faster in the transition from attack to defence when
we lose the ball," he said.
"Greece will defend with all 11 players and look to hit on the
After their shock European championship victory last year, Greece have
struggled in World Cup qualifying and have slipped to third place in
Striker Zissis Vryzas, who suffered a broken left hand in a relegation
match for his Spanish side Celta Vigo on Sunday and was expected to miss
the game, was cleared to play.
Vryzas, who flew to Germany with his hand in plaster, will play with a
special cast covering the injured area.
His availability means that Panathinaikos striker Fanis Gekkas, top
scorer in the Greek league this season, and Dimitris Papapopoulos, are
likely to miss out.
Greece will definitely be without defenders Traianos Dellas, recovering
from hernia surgery, and Michalis Kapsis, who has a leg problem.
Brazil and Greece have met just once in the past, a 0-0 friendly draw in
Rio de Janeiro in 1974.
The tournament gets underway on Wednesday when Argentina face Tunisia
and Germany take on Australia. The final is on June 29 in Frankfurt.
Brazil: Dida; Cicinho, Roque Junior, Juan, Leo or Gilberto; Emerson, Ze
Roberto, Kaka, Ronaldinho; Robinho, Adriano
Greece: Antonis Nikopolidis; Yannis Goumas, Stathis Tavlaridis, Takis
Fyssas, Yourkas Seitaridis; Angelos Basinas, Stelios Giannakopoulos,
Theodoros Zagorakis, Giorgios Karagounis; Zissis Vryzas, Angelos
Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)