Mano Menezes has ambitious world-class youngsters in Neymar, Ganso, Leandro Damião and Lucas Moura.
However, throughout history, the team with the best individuals does not always win.
Even with Zizinho, the Golden Ball winner, and Ademir, the Golden Boot recipient, Brazil lost to Uruguay in the 1950 FIFA World Cup final.
The vaunted and historic Mighty Magyars lost the 1954 World Cup final as was the case with Dutch Total football in 1974—Germany won on both occasions.
With relevance to the Olympics, what about Mario Zagallo’s loaded 1996 Brazilian team?
Dida, Aldair, Roberto Carlos, Flávio Conceição, Savio, Juninho, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo.
That team claimed bronze instead of gold.
I don’t rate Menezes as a manager and he’ll do something stupid.
Just look at his managerial reign.
He started an out-of-form David Luiz and then lamented how poor the defender’s concentration was. Clearly Menezes hadn’t been watching Chelsea games.
He started one of the most gifted playmakers in Hernanes out of position.
Starting André Santos is an accident waiting to happen.