Brazil's Neymar

Zico says Brazil’s Neymar is being used incorrectly

Zico says Brazil’s Neymar is being used incorrectly

Brazil are misusing Neymar by constantly playing him in a central position. It is hurting the national side as well their best player’s form, according to Zico.

Zico says Brazil’s Neymar is being used incorrectly

Brazil's Neymar
Neymar playing for Brazil

Dunga’s Brazil are currently at sixth position in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. They have won just two of their opening six games.

Legendary Selecao attacking midfielder Zico is worried about his nation’s form. He is vocal about how Barcelona forward Brazil’s Neymar, who has scored 23 times in La Liga current season, is being used.

He told Brasil Global Tour: “I believe the team lacks leadership on the pitch. Dunga knows about this as he once was the guy who did it.

“But, in my opinion, Neymar should play the same position he is at Barcelona. He’s unbeatable at that spot, he does the best work cutting in from the left.

“If he plays in the middle with his back to the goal, he sometimes pulls something out but it’s not the same.

“So I would use either Willian or Douglas Costa, Neymar on the left, and another player as a striker, someone who is used to playing, someone who is used to playing in the box and knows where to find the space and score goals.

“Playing Neymar with his back to the goal is a huge waste, and he quickly gets annoyed as he wins a lot of fouls.

“Psychologically, this has been a problem. He’s missing too many matches for the Selecao. So he may be way more productive for Brazil playing out wide.

“Brazil’s psychological side has been disappointing and the team isn’t doing well in adversity.”

Brazil's Neymar
Dunga and Neymar at practice session

When asked about the form of Chelsea winger Willian, who has been in incredible form for Brazil of late, Zico added: “If Willian keeps evolving like he has, there’s no doubt he will be a Selecao star.”


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