Brazil are World Cup bores blasts Cruyff
Published 23:00 29/06/10 By John Cross
Johan Cruyff has launched a blistering attack on Brazil after claiming he would not pay to watch the five-time world champions.
Dutch master Cruyff says Dunga’s team are a turn-off and do not provide enough entertainment despite their march into the quarter finals.
Brazil boss Dunga has ditched the nation’s traditional style of free-flowing Samba soccer in favour of a more disciplined and defensive approach.
It has not created as much excitement at this World Cup and Cruyff says the current Brazilian team are wrecking their nation’s footballing history.
Cruyff said: “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?
“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.”
Cruyff was part of the Dutch Total Football pioneers and was renowned as one of the most talented players of all time.
Brazil have skilful players but left Ronaldinho at home, Robinho has shown flashes of brilliance while Kaka has struggled for form.
But if Dunga can win the trophy again then the former Brazilian star will be regarded as one of their all-time footballing legends for what he achieved as a player and coach.
Cruyff’s own country have also come in for criticism from their own fans and media in South Africa, having won all four matches but without the great flair Dutch football is known for.
But Ryan Babel reckons they will finally show their true colours when they take on Brazil in the quarter-finals on Friday in Port Elizabeth.
Babel said the main focus was winning and the team’s lack of excitement was more about their opponents than them.
“I think it is always difficult to play against teams that don’t want to play football, who are waiting for you.” Babel said after the Dutch saw off Slovakia in the last 16.
“We play our better games against teams that want to play football as well and, on Friday, Brazil is not going to wait so maybe we can play better than yesterday.”
Babel said the team was not paying attention to critics.
“We don’t really take any interest in that kind of criticism. At the end when we win the tournament, nobody will talk about the style of football that we have been using.”
Coach Bert van Marwijk said five-time champions Brazil would be quick to punish any mistakes “so it’s really important to not lose the ball, let’s say, in the axis of the field.”