Brazil managed to make it eight successive victories after a 1-0 win over Chile in a friendly match.
This victory came days after the stunning 3-1 win over France. This appears to have confirmed that the national team are completely over the disappointing exit at the 2014 home World Cup. A number of aspects have changed since that fateful 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semifinals. The arrival of Dunga back to the hot seat appears to have given the team a lot of confidence and it is clearly evident from the way we have been playing in these friendly matches.
Dunga admits that it will be difficult to forget what happened against Germany, but he clearly sees positive signs from his players after this victory. Brazil will undoubtedly be favourites for the upcoming Copa America. A victory in this tournament will go a long way towards not only cementing Brazil’s position in South America, but also across the world. The fame of the national team has reduced somewhat after their failure to lift yet another World Cup title. Brazil have not won the World Cup since the 2002 success in Asia. Brazil still have two more friendlies before the start of the Copa America.
“I am very happy with the players’ reaction since the World Cup and how the players are dealing with everything after the World Cup. They are determined to change what has happened in the past. They weren’t protected very much. We are building a competitive team that is working through our obstacles very well. Chile are a good team and we were strong throughout,” said Dunga after the win over Chile. Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game in the 71st minute. A number of first-team players were selected for the previous friendly against France.