Dunga: Brazil squad hit by virus


Illness was to blame for Brazil’s Copa America elimination at the hands of Paraguay, according to coach Dunga.
Brazil coach Dunga blamed a virus for his team’s quarter-final exit at the Copa America after watching Paraguay triumph on penalties.
The 51-year-old coach claimed 15 members of his squad weren’t in prime physical condition, with their preparation for the last-eight clash in Concepcion disrupted by illness.
Brazil took the lead by way of Robinho on Saturday but have been pegged back by a Derlis Gonzalez penalty, with the similar player scoring the decisive spot-kick for Paraguay in the shootout.
“It’s not an excuse, but 15 of our players suffered from a virus this week. We had to limit some education sessions,” Dunga said at his post-match media conference.
“Players suffered from a great deal of headaches, back discomfort and illness – some felt it additional than other individuals. We had to cut down the intensity of coaching to attempt and help them recover. A few of them have been vomiting. “Willian wasn’t feeling nicely at half-time, and Robinho was suffering in the finish.”
Nevertheless, Dunga thought Brazil did a superb job of thwarting Paraguay’s aerial play but suggested they lacked the attacking speed to produce a decisive influence.
“We had to balance the match around the physical aspect, and attempted to win until the really end,” he mentioned.
“We attempted to neutralise their most important game-plan – the aerial ball. We had excellent moments by means of the match, with speed and switching amongst the sides.
“Today we had a vital match that required speed and we lacked that in the end.”