Dorival defends Vinícius: 'People expect the same performances as at Real'

Dorival defends Vinícius: 'People expect the same performances as at Real'

Dorival defends Vinícius: 'People expect the same performances as at Real'

With Real Madrid, Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo secured the Champions League title earlier this month. There is no time for a vacation, as the Copa América kicks off next Friday in the United States. Brazil's engine has yet to get going. Goals from Christian Pulisic and Rodrygo led to a draw in the final rehearsal against Team USA.

In Brazil, there was criticism of Vinícius' performance. 'People expect the same performances from Vinícius as at Real Madrid,' Dorival defended his star player. 'I think that will also happen at the important and decisive moments of the Copa América. Let's be patient and give this boy the chance to find his top form.'

Dorival also discussed Rodrygo, who formed an attack with Vinícius and Raphinha. 'Rodrygo is getting better all the time. The more he plays, the more important he becomes for the team. When he has the ball at his feet, there's a good chance he will make a play and score goals. He has proven that at Real Madrid, but also in Brazil.'

Brazil still has plenty of time to prepare for the Copa América. In the night of Monday, June 25 to Tuesday, June 26, the Seleção will play their first match against Costa Rica.

The buildup to the tournament has been challenging, with mixed results in the friendlies. The draw against the United States highlighted areas where the team needs improvement, particularly in maintaining focus and cohesion throughout the match. Despite these challenges, the Brazilian squad remains optimistic.

Dorival emphasized the importance of unity and confidence within the team. 'We have a group of talented players who can make a difference. It's crucial that we stay together and support each other. The Copa América is a tough competition, but we are prepared to give our best and fight for the title,' he said.

As the tournament approaches, the coaching staff is working on fine-tuning strategies and ensuring that players are in peak physical condition. Training sessions have been intense, focusing on both tactical drills and building team chemistry. The players are motivated, understanding the weight of representing Brazil in such a prestigious tournament.

Fans are eagerly anticipating the team's performance, hoping to see Brazil reclaim their dominance in South American football. The Copa América will be a significant test for both the experienced players and the new talents in the squad. Vinícius and Rodrygo, in particular, are seen as key figures who can inspire and lead the team to victory.

The excitement is building as Brazil prepares to take on Costa Rica in their opening match. The team's journey in the Copa América promises to be an exciting spectacle, filled with challenges and opportunities to showcase their skills on the international stage.

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