Brazilian legend, Zico, has come out in defense of Selecao striker Fred after he received massive criticism by fans during Brazil’s goalless draw with Mexico.
Zico represented his country at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups and is regarded as one of the best Brazilans ever despite failing to win a World Cup.
Fred has won the Silver Shoe at the 2013 Confederations Cup after scoring five goals throughout the tournament but has since only scored one goal for the Selecao.
“It looks like Fred had a difficult game. The ball never reached him,” Zico defended the 30-year 0old Brazil striker on Canal Venezuelano Telesur Zico said.
“I think he’s a good player but needs assistance down the wings to score. The Mexicans were marking him aggressively and always anticipating his moves.”
Zico, who has almost 500 career goals to his name and is Brazil’s fourth highest goalscorer, also addmitted he was surprised that Chelsea’s Ramires started in place of the injured Hulk.
“I’m surprised,” he added.
“Willian, who already played in a number of friendlies, or Bernard would have been a better option but the coach knows the opposition and made his judgement accordingly.
“Against Croatia, Oscar played well on the right wing but I prefer him in the middle, with Neymar more on the left.”
Zico is currently working as an advisor for the Brazil national team.
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