Brazil could revert to formation from 2002 title

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014
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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Luiz Felipe Scolari is contemplating adding another central defender to Brazil's lineup against Colombia in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday, going back to the formation that earned his team the 2002 title.

The Brazil coach has to make at least one change because midfielder Luiz Gustavo is suspended, and says he has a couple of options to replace him.

"I have two options, either playing the same way we have been playing, just adding another player in the same sector, or I can change the entire scheme," Scolari said. "Then I can play like I played in the 2002 World Cup, with three central defenders, freeing up the fullbacks."

Brazil played poorly in a second-round match against Chile that went to a penalty shootout last week, narrowly escaped elimination. The team had already struggled in the group stage, with its most convincing performance coming in a 4-1 win over already eliminated Cameroon.

Brazil currently plays in a 4-2-3-1 scheme, with two defensive midfielders protecting the defense. Scolari used a 3-5-2 system when it claimed its fifth World Cup title in 2002, with the fullbacks allowed to attack more often.

"We will see how it goes in the next few days before the match," Scolari said. "We have to evaluate the condition of the players, see if there are any physical problems, if they can practice. We will see how the training sessions go and then we can make a decision."

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