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"Brazil v Chile has the potential to be the game of the tournament. Can't call a winner." - CCFC World Cup Review

24 June 2014

Coventry City Under-18s manager Darren Murray reviews Brazil's win over Cameroon and Brazil's World Cup chances...

Cameroon 1-4 Brazil

Coventry City Under-18s manager Darren Murray reviews the Brazilian performance and their chances of progressing against Chile.

"I enjoyed the game. Cameroon were so open at the back that it made for an exciting watch. Brazil pressed the ball really well and some of their one-touch combination play around the area was brilliant at times.

"When you have someone like Neymar, who's on absolute fire at the moment, you will always get goals. Defensively, Brazil have got one or two issues. The centre-backs are too far apart at times and when the full-backs push so far forward, you will be vulnerable.

"There are plenty of discussions surrounding the Brazil side, especially Fred. He got his goal yesterday and he isn't a bad player. Scolari knows the players he wants and I think he has got the blend right. Fred takes players away and makes space for players like Neymar. 

"Brazil are reasonably open at times and you do wonder how they would figure in the latter stages against some of the better sides. If you score three or four goals a game though, you'll always have a chance.

"In terms of Brazilian teams from the past, I'm not sure where this team ranks. In the past, Brazil have always had a player like Dunga who can do the physical side in midfield.

"Cameroon have been really disappointing because traditionally, Cameroon are always good value for money. They were poor and they didn't seem at it. You could see it wasn't quite right in the Mexico game. There are definitely one or two problems there so you have to question the togetherness of the squad."

Man of the Match: Neymar - He was superb and he took his goals really well. People have questioned whether he is 'world class'. I would say he is world class for Brazil and very good for Barcelona. There is more responsibility on him to perform for Brazil and he responds well to that. 

Prospects: Brazil have Chile in the next round and I can't call a winner. Chile have been my favourite team at the world cup. Chile could easily pick them off at the back but it is almost going to be a case of who scores the most goals. The personnel is crucial to Chile because they can play it out of the back all the time.

They play three at the back but they always have options because they know each others games inside out. You could see during the Spain game that teams will always struggle to play against that system. It has the potential to be the best game of the tournament.

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