Menezes calls for controlled egos in Brazil squad

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Sat, Sep 22 2012 15:54 IST | 6 Views | Add comment
Rio De Janeiro, Sep 22

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has stressed the need to keep players' egos in check ahead of the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

Menezes cited former Brazil stars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos as examples of "great players who created few problems" in the dressing room, reports Xinhua.

"What I really learned from working with Ronaldo and other great players - such as Roberto Carlos, who was also at Corinthians during my tenure there, is that you have an extremely straightforward relationship with them," Menezes said in an interview published by FIFA.

"Great players don't like to beat around the bush, they like to get straight to business. I once heard a coach say that great players cause few problems and it's true.

"The ones that give you the most trouble are the others, those that just think they're great players."

Menezes, who took charge of Brazil following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, said one of the greatest challenges in his job was controlling the egos within his squad.

While boasting a youthful team, Brazil has a glut of players who are idols at their respective clubs.

Among them are Neymar (Santos), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Daniel Alves (Barcelona) and Oscar, who is fast earning a reputation as a future star at Chelsea.

"Players get more of the limelight at their clubs but once they come to the national team, they need to share the attention," Menezes said.

"Whichever direction a player looks he sees another player who is also a hero at his particular club. So, you need to set your ego aside for the benefit of the group as a whole."

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