Brazil x USA preview, Confederations Cup final

June 28, 2009 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

I hate making predictions.  I love saying my team will win by this or that much but any score I try to settle on is inevitably too hopeful or too insincere.  It’s Brazil, it’s a final, we’ll win is all I can allow myself to think.

On to how we’ll win and what could possibly go wrong.

South Africa offered a solid blueprint for the US to follow in trying to stifle Brazil.  In order to put in a better performance Sunday than they did Thursday Brazil will need to see its midfield step up and create spaces and offer passing lanes for Kaka and Robinho to work with.  Whoever starts at right back will also need to provide the support that was missing from a tired Maicon against South Africa.

The line-up will likely be the same but hopefully substitutions will come earlier regardless of the scoreline.  If the unchanged line-up shows signs of fatigue and is unable to help the offensive trio find space to work in the US will eventually gain the upper hand for some time as they did against Spain for short periods.

In the end I expect Brazil to dominate possession and I expect the US to have little trouble closing down the middle against a tired Brazil but I hope that, unlike Thursday, we’ll be able to spread the field and find space to play on the ground and that if we don’t we’ll see Daniel Alves and Julio Baptista early in the second half to solve that problem.

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Entry filed under: Brazil, Other national teams.

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