Brazil coach Mano Menezes has made it clear that he intends to give Flamengo captain a chance to prove himself at the summer Olympics in London by including him in the Selecao squad.
Menezes who was being interviewed about Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup also revealed that Dinho’s performance and history for Brazil must be considered regardless of his current form.
Of course, his statements are causing a stir in Brazil with many questioning why he is yet to give Real Madrid play maker Kaka a chance to feature for the national team in spite of his improving form.
“Ronaldinho is a player whose performance must be considered in the national team because of his history in the squad, so if he is not doing great at his club, that is not the most important thing, what I think is more important is his attitude in this bad moments, his work ethic and his willingess to be part of the project.” he said.
On Kaka, Menezes said that the 29 year old still had to prove himself at least in the coming season to get back to a more consistent form before he could feature for the national side.
“I think that Kaka can play a big role at the World Cup in 2014. I think that in order for than to happen, the next season will be very important. 2012-13 will say if he can play one more World Cup. And for this to happen, the pre-season will be crucial for him. And it happens that the Olympic Games take place exactly during pre-season in Europe. If I believe that he can be at the World Cup and that next season will be crucial, then I have to let him do what he needs to do.”
Truthfully speaking, as a Ronaldinho fan, Menezes stands the risk of ending Brazil’s world Cup hopes even before they begin. This favouritism of certain players (first started by Dunga) was what led to their embarrassing exit at the 2010 World Cup.
There is no reason why Kaka should not be included in Menezes squad especially considering his current form. It makes me think that may be Mano has something against the midfielder.
What Menezes should realise is that Brazil is under transition and as much he would like to have stars among his line up, it won’t help if it’s done at the expense of other quality players. What do you think, is Menezes right in giving Dinho a chance ahead of other talented players like Kaka and Robinho?
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