Brazil manger Luiz Felipe Scolari has been forced to defend the mental strength of his players after calling the squad psychologist Regina Brandao to their training base in the wake of an emotional win over Chile, saying:
“The game against Chile was exciting for everyone. But the team does not have any emotional problem in the group.”
That’s despite numerous members of the side who overcame La Roja on penalties dissolving into tears in the aftermath…
Our multidisciplinary assessment team has a few suggestions as to how Brandao might be able to toughen up her charges in order to keep their 13/4-rated World Cup dream alive.
Have the Selecao embrace their inner underdogs.
It’s sad to see the Brazil players cracking up under the weight of their self-imposed “ours to lose” mentality, especially when no one else outside the host nation reckons they’re that good.
Highlight the fact that English people view Hulk in the same way they used to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It may however be best that he doesn’t know that it’s because Zlatan seemed unable to illustrate why on earth he had such a stellar reputation in front of large scale British television audiences until the wrong side of his 30th birthday.
Quelling the seething resentments of the seven passengers on the roster.
Yet to play a minute, Victor, Henrique, Dante, Maxwell, Jefferson and Maicon are all in the dubious position of having to share responsibility for their nation’s exploits without having any chance to shape their trajectory, while Hernanes has been allowed just 27 minutes.
Brandao must ensure they play a pressure-relieving role for the teammates actually trusted to make a difference.
Reassure Fred he will receive the ball in a goalscoring position eventually.
The footballing public may regard the moustachioed centre-forward as something of a figure of fun due to the peripheral nature of his Selecao performances so far.
Off the ball, space-creating toil is a thankless task and the man you should be calling Fredgy, would undoubtedly find his psychic batteries recharged if convinced another goal may eventually come his way.
Remind Paulinho that one season at Tottenham doesn’t make him a bad player.
The diet version of the man whose box-to-box bursts glued Scolari’s side together throughout their glorious pre-tournament world tour is throwing everything else around him off.
Some kind of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind gadgetry is required to expunge all memories of Tim Sherwood’s insensitivities, freeing the beautiful player that existed before his 2013/14 hardship.