Brazil the Least Flawed Among the Trophy Contenders

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Brazil the Least Flawed Among the Trophy Contenders
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Considering Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed 18 months before the tournament with only the Confederations Cup as serious preparation, it is remarkable that he has created an extremely settled starting XI. Scolari has installed a disciplined, reliable spine to the side in a 4-2-3-1 system. The defence is strong, the midfield duo – probably Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho – play functional roles, while Oscar drifts around to create space as No10 and the central striker Fred acts as an unspectacular target man. They are both primarily in the side to bring the best out of Neymar and Hulk, who start from either flank and are allowed to cut inside because of Marcelo's and Daniel Alves's overlapping. It is not a classic Brazilian side but they will grind out wins...

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