World Champs need to improve

World Champions Brazil have looked more impressive with every World Cup Finals match however some people, including their own coach and players, are still unhappy with their performances.

    Brazil's Gilberto Silva (L) tackles Ghana's Asamoah Gyan

    Since their opening match where they struggled to defeat Croatia 1-0, the five-time FIFA World Cup Winners have scored nine goals in their past three matches and appear to be getting back to the jogo benito the world is so familiar with.

    However criticism has come from all quarters, not least from inside their own ranks, with reserve midfielder Gilberto Silva still feeling there is improvement in the team.

    "I really believe that we are not playing to the best of our ability right now," Silva told the FIFA World Cup website.

    "We can play much, much better than this and we will need to if we want to go to the final," the Arsenal player added.

    Brazil face 1998 Cup Final rivals France in a tantalising quarter final match up in Frankfurt on Saturday, with Silva paying respect to the also improving French side.

    "France are a spectacular team full of great players and we will have to be at our best to get a result against them," he said.

    Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira may again start with players 1 to 11 on his team list against France, however if Silva does take the field he will go up against Arseanal team mate and French striker Thierry Henry.

    "Thierry is a special player and a handful for even the best of defenders, but I think if we continue to play well and improve we can beat France and move one step closer to our goal," Silva said confidently.

    If Brazil can improve once more and defeat France, they will go on to a semi final match against either England or Portugal.

    SOURCE: AFP


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