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Brazil v Paraguay preview: Seleção hoping to avoid 2011 repeat

Brazil will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their 2011 performance when they take on Paraguay in the Copa América quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Seleção met La Albirroja in the last eight of the tournament in Argentina and, following a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes of football, they were eliminated on penalties.

Brazil failed to convert any of their spot-kicks and Paraguay went on to finish the competition as runners-up, despite not winning a single game.

However, La Albirroja failed to build upon that and have seen their stock fall after failing to qualify for World Cup 2014.

But midfielder Osmar Molinas now believes they are back on the right track.

“We are improving. We had a great second half against Argentina, our possession improved against Jamaica, and I hope this game is not an exception and we win,” he said in a press conference.

“We are winning back respect. Paraguay came in quietly and is having a great Copa América.”

The 28-year-old stated that La Albirroja are ready for the challenge of taking on one of the pre-tournament favourites and – in the absence of Neymar who was ruled out of the tournament following a four-game suspension – picked out Willian as their dangerman.

“Hopefully on Sunday everyone will be saying that Paraguay had a great game and knocked out a big team like Brazil. We are all ready and will do whatever the coach asks us to,” Molinas added.

“Brazil have many good players in the middle because they are good with their feet. They have a good player in Willian, who, if you let him, will leave you red-faced.”

Indeed, the Chelsea man feels that, even without Neymar, Brazil have the ability to go all the way in Chile.

“No player is bothered [by questions about Neymar being the only star of Brazil] because we know our quality. We know what we can do for the national team,” Willian told reporters.

“We really want to win the Copa América. We want to win it for us and not to prove something to anyone.”

In order to do so, the midfielder believes that Dunga’s side should play their own game and maintain high concentration levels.

“Brazil need to play how it likes to – going at the opponent, without feat, trying to control the game,” he added.

“There are moments in games were the opponent also comes at you. We know that we have to mark them close because they can play on the counterattack.

“We have to be focused to do well with details like this.”

While the Seleção will be without their captain, Paraguay will be unable to count on powerful midfielder Néstor Ortigoza who is ruled out through injury.

Ramón Díaz’s problems in the centre of the park were made worse by Richard Ortiz picking up a yellow card against Uruguay that means he is suspended for the clash in Concepción, while Miguel Samudio is struggling with a muscular issue.

Dunga has no new injury worries to contend with ahead of the meeting at the Estadio Municipal.

Bron: ca2015.com