Johan Cruyff: I would not pay to see Brazil play
Posted: 30 June 2010 Time: 8:01 am
Former Holland striker Johan Cruyff considers Brazil a boring team and insists that he would not pay to see the five-time World Cup winners play.
Brazil manager Dunga has left behind Brazil’s successful history of beautiful attacking football for a more defensive style of play.
Despite a impressive 3-0 victory over Chile to earn a quarter-final clash with Holland, Cruyff is not impressed with Dunga’s side, believing that the squad are the same as any other team in South Africa.
“I would never pay for a ticket to watch the matches of this Brazilian team. Where has the Brazil team we all know disappeared to in this World Cup?” Cruyff told The Mirror.
“I look at this team and I remember people like Gerson, Tostao, Falcao, Zico or Socrates. Now I only see Gilberto, Melo, Bastos, Julio Baptista.
“Where is the Brazilian magic? I could understand why Dunga has picked some players but where is the playmaker or skill in midfield? I don’t think any spectator would pay to watch them.
“Brazil need to play with more intensity, more bite on the pitch because they are not special, they are just like any other squad in this World Cup.
“Always the fans want to enjoy Brazil, enjoy their fantasy at World Cups but they do not have that this summer.
“They have talented players but they play in a way which is more defensive and is less exciting. It is a shame for the fans and the tournament. They are one of the teams people want to see.”
The Dutch will face off against Brazil in Port Elizabeth on Friday with a place in the semi-finals at stake, having won their first four matches heading into the last eight showdown.