Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, believes Brazil depend too much on Neymar, who failed to live up to the expectations against Mexico.
The 1986 World Cup winner was critical of the Neymar’s performance against Mexico and says the Selecao struggles against organized teams.
"Neymar, with a new hairstyle, failed to live up to his billing (against Mexico),” Maradona stated in his column for TOI.
”He is the hope for Brazil to win the ’hexa' (their sixth World Cup title).
"But Brazil have not been that convincing and they are depending too much on Neymar. Whenever they play against an organised team, they face these problems.
"It clearly indicates that they need some individual brilliance from their saviour.
"Brazil needed a win to confirm their place in the second round. But Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa stood between them and three points.
"Mexico defended with a number of players. They had most of their men behind and near the ball whenever it entered their half. There was no room for the Brazilians to manoeuvre.
"Most of their efforts on goal came from high balls and Ochoa dealt with them like a man possessed. The first effort to block Neymar's header was as good as any.”
While Maradona hasn’t been impressed by Brazil, he believes Germany and the Netherlands have shown the most promise in the early stages of the tournament.
"Of the top teams, Brazil have not looked as good as Germany or the Netherlands so far,” he added.
"The Germans played true to their reputation in the first match and brushed aside Portugal as if they were playing some ordinary team, while the Dutch were devastating against Spain on their speedy counterattacks.”
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