The Brazilian team, in the first minutes against Colombia, when they scored the goal, showed the advantages of having four skillful, fast and dribbling attackers, two in the center and one on each side. On the other hand, for most of the game, Brazil exposed the disadvantages of this stance, as one of the main reasons for the 2-1 defeat was the numerical inferiority in midfield, the difficulty in controlling the ball and exchanging passes without rushing to reach the goal. Brazil may have the same problem against Argentina.
The individual performances of full-backs Renan Lodi and, especially, Emerson were very bad. Vinicius Junior was injured at the start of the game and was greatly missed.
In the 2022 World Cup, the team, under Tite’s command, also played with four attackers, two in the center (Neymar and Richarlison) and one on each side (Raphinha and Vinicius Junior). Croatia, with more players in midfield, made it very difficult for Brazil to create plays. History repeats itself. I’ve been talking about this for a thousand years.
Playing with one, two or no open, fast and dribbling wingers is a question that permeates the history of Brazilian and world football. In the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, left winger Zagallo realized that the midfield was too big for two players and became the third player in the sector. Rivelino, in 1970, held the same position as Zagallo.
Later, the teams started to play with two open wingers and a trio in midfield, in addition to a center forward. Many current teams play this way, in Brazil and around the world, such as Barcelona, Manchester City and others.
For a long time, Brazilian teams adopted the tactic with two defensive midfielders, two attacking midfielders in the center and a pair of attackers, without wingers. Those who advanced from the wings were the full-backs. With this, Brazil formed a large number of exceptional supporting full-backs. The steering wheels covered the sides. The excellent Argentine left-back Sorín, when he arrived at Cruzeiro, said he wanted to learn the mystery of why Brazilian football has so many great full-backs.
Argentina plays with a trio in midfield, two attackers (Messi and Álvarez) and just one winger, on the left or right. The one who advances on the side that doesn’t have a winger is the full-back or midfielder on that side.
Real Madrid has played with the attacking duo of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, which inspired Fernando Diniz to play them together in the center. The difference is that Real doesn’t have wingers. The one who advances from the side is the full-back or a fourth midfielder. As a result, the two Brazilians have more space from one side to the other on the field to take advantage of their best quality, speed dribbling.
Each game has its own story, the Brazilian philosopher Neném Prancha said a century ago. If Brazil plays well and beats Argentina on Tuesday, Fernando Diniz will once again be praised as a coach trying to recover the DNA of Brazilian football, as if life stopped in time. Diniz, a restless professional with good ideas, could become a great coach. It is not.
In the last few days, before the match against Colombia, the headlines were the same, an exaltation of Fernando Diniz’s courage in fielding four attackers, one on each side and two in the center, as if it were a great novelty, a brilliant and courageous shot. . It is the culture of exaggeration, of spectacle, of binary thinking that things are this or that, nothing more.
LINK PRESENT: Did you like this text? Subscribers can access five free accesses from any link per day. Just click the blue F below.