As Brazil crushed favourites Argentina 3-0 to defend their crown as Copa America champions, the man who should be feted is their head coach, Dunga. The Brazilian thinktank worked perfectly to outwit the Argentines who had thus far been rampant in the championships.
Dunga’s Brazil played a water-tight game, allowing their opponents not an inch of space. With Messi and Tevez bereft of service, Argentina struggled to get past the Brazilian back four. The lack of creativity from Veron (The Overhyped) and Cambiasso didn’t help at all. Brazil played the counter-attacking game with precision, and with Daniel Alves providing added flair, it was not long before Maracaibo started dancing to the samba.
Dunga seems to have done a good job at replacing the extravagant style of the Brazilian side with efficiency, while retaining the energy. Last evening, his young side, missing star names like Ronaldinho and Kaka (and an entire back line), hardly showed any nerves. If they can repeat such clinical performances regularly, Brazil can easily continue to dominate world football for another generation.
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