Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named his starting line-up for his team’s opening World Cup match against Croatia next month.
Parreira will build his team around the attacking quartet of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Adriano and Kaka.
Injury-permitting, the Brazilian line-up will be the one that started the World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in October.
“To start the Cup, it will be the quartet,” Parreira told reporters.
“The team which starts the Cup will be the same one which finished the qualifiers, we have to be coherent.”
“Afterwards, during the course of the competition, the results and performances will determine whether or not it’s necessary to change,” Parreira added.
Brazil began the Venezuela game with Dida in goal, a back four of Cafu, Juan, Lucio and Roberto Carlos, Emerson and Ze Roberto as the defensive midfielders, plus the attacking quartet.
Parreira also said that Ronaldinho would be given a free role, similar to the one he plays for Barcelona.
“It’s absurd to say that he plays differently in the national team and Barcelona because of his positioning,” Parreira said.
“He has complete freedom in the Brazil team. The difference is that, when he plays for his club, he has the stage to himself and in the national team he has to divide it with other stars.”
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