Brazil coach Dunga said Friday that his
team is not blessed with as many top-notch players as most people
"Brazil doesn't have as many great players as people say," Dunga told
the Agencia Estado news service. "For me, the true great player decides
eight in 10 matches. Those who decided two or three can only be called
Dunga has revamped the national team in the four months he has been at
the helm, introducing several younger players and leaving out regulars —
including Ronaldo and Adriano. Even Ronaldinho and Kaka have had to
fight for a spot in the starting lineup.
"Don't get me wrong, I like technical players, of course I want quality
in my team," Dunga said. "But soccer is performance and the player who
is performing better will end up playing."
Brazil is unbeaten since Dunga took over following the team's World Cup
elimination. It drew with Norway, then beat Argentina, Wales, Kuwait
Sports Club, Ecuador and Switzerland.
Brazil's captain when it won the 1994 World Cup in the United States,
Dunga replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira after Brazil was eliminated from
the World Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 loss to eventual runner-up France.