Kaka defends Neymar for his World Cup showing

Brazil legend Kaka has defended Neymar amid the criticism levied upon him by some of the country’s former players. The Selecao endured another World Cup disappointment after they were ousted in the quarter-final by Belgium and shortly after, most of the blame was placed on Neymar despite the forward contributing two goals.

Speaking to Omnisport, Kaka felt that the criticism towards Neymar was disproportionate and believes the attacker had a good campaign at the age of 26, he said: “This search for the one to blame is what I don't agree with too much. Brazil lost. It wasn't Neymar who lost.

Brazilian great Ronaldo expected more from Neymar

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has admitted that he expected more from Neymar during the summer World Cup. The Paris Saint-Germain ace only managed to score two goals for the Selecao during the tournament and they were eventually ousted at the quarter-final stage by Belgium, much to the frustration and disappointment of their supporters.

Speaking to Spanish publication Sport, Ronaldo stressed that the nation expected more from Neymar at the global tournament. He added to sympathise with the former Santos star believing that he may have struggled to completely recover from the broken metatarsal whichrequired a surgery three months prior to the World Cup.

Brazil favorite to win tournament

Brazil has managed to qualify for the knock-out stage by beating Serbia 2-0 and has now become the favorite to win the tournament. Indeed with the elimination of Germany, the Brazilian side seems to be the strongest side in this tournament and it will be a surprise that they do not lift the trophy in July.

However, the road to the final will not be easy and they will first have to beat Mexico in the next round. The Mexican has been impressive since the start of the tournament and they will be a tough opponent for the Brazilian side.

Brazil favorite to win tournament

Brazil has managed to qualify for the knock-out stage by beating Serbia 2-0 and has now become the favorite to win the tournament. Indeed with the elimination of Germany, the Brazilian side seems to be the strongest side in this tournament and it will be a surprise that they do not lift the trophy in July.

However, the road to the final will not be easy and they will first have to beat Mexico in the next round. The Mexican has been impressive since the start of the tournament and they will be a tough opponent for the Brazilian side.

Roma Goalkeeper Happy To Be Associated With Liverpool

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has admitted that the ongoing transfer link with Liverpool makes him happy. The 25-year-old has caught the eye of several elite clubs after impressing for AS Roma this term and the shot-stopper is undecided where his future would lie beyond this summer’s transfer window.

Monchi: The Transfer Market Has Gone Crazy Because Of Neymar

AS Roma sporting director Monchi believes the transfer market has gone crazy since Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. The Brazil international had achieved plenty of silverware during his time at Barcelona, but he opted for a surprise switch to Parc des Princes in order to enhance his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or title.

Roberto Carlos Backs Brazil To Win The 2018 World Cup

Roberto Carlos has backed Brazil to come up triumphs at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The South American nation suffered a shock 7-1 drowning at the hands of Germany in the semi-final stage four years ago, but the 44-year-old believes the current crop of players are capable of beating Joachim Loew’s side to the crown.

Frank Lampard praises Willian after Barcelona display

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard was impressed with the performance of Willian during the Blues' 1-1 draw versus Barcelona in the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16. The Brazil international put in one of the best performances of his Blues career on the night, and he was unfortunate to have not bagged a hat-trick versus the Catalan giants.

Jamie Carragher want Liverpool to avoid winter sale of Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would be making huge mistakes by cashing in on Philippe Coutinho during the winter transfer window. The Brazil international is currently nursing an injury, but sources suggest that he may have played his final game in the Reds shirt.

Carragher has often spoken about the qualities Coutinho brings to the Merseyside outfit, and writing on Twitter, the Reds great urged the club to finalise a pre-contract agreement similar to that of RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, he wrote: "Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself."

Tite Highlights Difficulty with World Cup Qualifying

Brazil’s national team coach Tite claims that the failure of Italy to reach the World Cup 2018 shows the scale of the issue for teams trying to reach the competition. Despite being former champions, Italy failed to reach the event for the first time since 1958. They were edged out by Sweden in a play-off game. This was a major disappointment for one of the big guns in the world. Even though Brazil did not face such issues during the current campaign, Tite has once again highlighted that even the big teams are not immune from being knocked out of the World Cup.

Italy have been doing rather poorly in terms of the international competitions. Only during a brief spell of Antonio Conte did the fortunes improve. Brazil are regarded as the top dog in South American football, but the national team has come under criticism for the recent poor performances at the Copa America and the 2014 World Cup. There is a lot of expectation on Brazil, who have been able to qualify as top of the table outfit in the South American qualification group, to perform well in Russia. Tite knows that it will not be easy especially with the team coming in with some mixed results over the last few months. Draws against the likes of Colombia and Bolivia have not raised confidence within the team.

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