PORT ELIZABETH - Brazil's quarter-final
with Netherlands on Friday has the potential to be one of the
best matches of the World Cup with both teams committed to
attack, according to Brazilian coach Dunga.
Dunga, who has complained about previous opponents shutting
up shop when facing the five-times world champions, said he
expected a more positive approach for the Dutch.
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"They are always difficult and beautiful games," said Dunga,
who captained Brazil to World Cup wins over the same opponents
at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
"The two teams try to play football, they have players of
high quality, they both want to take risks, they have players
who can dribble, they are creative and they look to win. When
you have games between teams like this, it's always good.
"When the two teams try to play, it's better for both of
them and it makes for a better spectacle. If you have 21 players
in midfield, the spaces are reduced and it's easier just to
"At this stage of the competition, nobody can afford to be
over-cautious, you have to play to win," he told a news
conference late on Thursday.
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Brazil beat Netherlands 3-2 in the quarter-finals at the
1994 World Cup and on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the
semi-finals four years later.
Dunga, who spent the Beijing Olympics griping about the
food, pitches and even the number of volunteers two years ago,
changed his tune as he poured praise on the South African World
"Africa has surprised with the organisation, the working
conditions are good, there may be one or two pitches with
problems but that is normal," he said.
"After all we had read, we expected to find chaos. But
things are working just as well as in other World Cups.
"We like the warmth of the public, the affection of the
fans. People are treating us with smiles, it's a very good
change to come here."
He added: "If you want to find something negative you can.
Some people just want to look for defects."
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