Dunga hits back at critics ahead of North Korea opener

By Rhys Hayward

Dunga (Photo: Reto Stauffer)

Dunga insists he is unbothered by critics of his Brazil side’s supposedly defensive mentality.

Under the 46-year-old coach Brazil have become accustomed to playing in a more measured style.

But after showing some convincing form in the lead-up to the competition, the 1994 World Cup winner remains unconcerned.

“In truth I’ve heard the criticism that we lack creativity and that we are prone to excessive defensive play since the beginning,” he said.

“It doesn’t bother me if people criticise me, but it has got to be done with a certain degree of respect and responsibility.”

The five-time champions kick-off their campaign against North Korea at Ellis Park tonight.

And despite being heavy favourites, Dunga praised the efforts of Asian teams and said his side would not be underestimating their lowly opponents.

“We have to congratulate the Asian teams, they have evolved tremendously over the years,” he said.

“We have to respect our opponent and do everything in our grasp to win.”


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