Brazil legend Pele has taken a swipe at his country ahead of this summer’s World Cup, stating the team has not gelled together to produce the magic that would win the trophy.
The Samba boys are among the favorites tipped to lift the trophy in Russia for the sixth time. And the golden boy of Brazilian football Neymar is expected to shine for Tite’s men and is among the bookmakers’ favorite to be in the running for the Golden Boot.
The South-American giants are yet to win the World Cup since 2002 and were brushed aside on home soil four years ago when the Germans soundly beat them 7-1 in the semi-finals.
And though Pele, who was part of his nation’s three World Cup triumphs, reckons Brazil have a lot of individual talent, he’s worried about the collective unit.
“I have the utmost confidence in Tite’s ability,” Pele said.
“My worry is about one thing; there are only a few days until the World Cup starts and we still don’t have the right team.
“Individually all the players are outstanding. But we’re not a team.
“Neymar is, to me, one of the best players in the world.
“Today he is more mature, and he has more experience, but he isn’t going to win the World Cup on his own. It’s teams that win the World Cup.
“The greatest Brazil team of all-time was the one in 1970, with Tostao, Rivellino, Gerson, and Pele all wearing the No 10 shirts for their clubs.
“In the 1970 World Cup, we spent more than six months together. That’s why it worked.”
The Selecao begin their World Cup journey against the Swiss on June 17 and will square up against Serbia and Costa Rica in a group that most people believe they will finish tops.