After having won a number of matches since the appointment of Dunga, Brazil have a lot of expectations surrounding them ahead of the Copa America.
The tournament for Brazil starts in Chile with an opening game against Peru. They have been preparing for this tournament with friendly matches against the likes of Mexico and Honduras. After having secured a 2-0 friendly victory over Mexico, Brazil will be feeling relatively confident ahead of the final friendly against Honduras. There has been a suggestion that Dunga would rest key players in order to avoid injuries.
This, however, will not be the case it seems since the manager has confirmed that star striker Neymar will be part of the starting line-up against Honduras. The CONCAF team is unlikely to be a significant threat to Brazil, but they have been progressing as a team of late. A disappointing result against the minnows will be a major threat to morale. Hence, Dunga will be going out in search of a victory just four days before the start of the tournament. After the game against Peru, the former world champions take on Colombia and Venezuela in the group stages. Argentina are regarded as favourites for the title.
“Neymar will play. This is our last game of preparation [before the Copa America], we have to test the players who will start the competition and the others we will need.We have to rely on the whole squad because there might be injuries or suspension, so everyone needs to be well prepared. No individual can win without a strong collective. At the World Cup, the teams that only had one player did not win anything. Now, it is only natural that those different players add a lot. A strong collective supports the individual, and they too have to work for the collective,” said Dunga.