Brazil legend Pele has questioned whether the current Brazil team has enough in attack to win the World Cup on home soil.
The Selecao are renowned for their attacking football and electrifying flair players but Pele indicated that any success this summer would be built on foundations further down the field.
“Two or three months before the World Cup we always had our attack settled, and it would be among the best in the world, though they’d always say our defence was poor. This year, though, we’ve got a team that are decent from the midfield back, but we need to sort the attackers. And this is the first time it’s happened in the history of Brazil,” he told AS.
The current Brazil attacking options is severely lacking in comparison to the kind of talent previously at their disposal.
The likes of Ronaldinho, Kaka and Ronaldo were the type of talent they could previously call upon, a trio that boasted five Ballon D’Or’s between them.
Now they possess Neymar who is tipped as football’s next superstar but showed his limitations during his first season in Europe with Barcelona.
Aside from him; Hulk, Willian and Bernard are their attacking wide options but none are proven world-class players, although each has the capacity to do something brilliant.
As for central strikers, they are left with Jo and Fred, both of whom ply their trade in Brazil having struggled towards the end of their time in Europe.
Jo in particular is known on these shores following a torrid time at Manchester City after they paid nearly £20million for him.