Brazil’s goalkeeper coach, Claudio Taffarel believes the ghost of his sides world cup exit still haunts them.
Remember Brazil’s famous semifinal exit at the 2014 world cup? A match that saw the Germans hammer 7 pass the Selecao, giving the Brazilians only 1 in their goal.
Even though the Selecao under Dunga seem rejuvenated, Taffarel believes the world cup will always be a sore spot.
“For us, it was never easy either,” Taffarel said ahead of their knockout tie with Paraguay on Saturday.
“Yeah, we won the fourth World Cup title, but before reaching that point, we experienced some difficult challenges. Where was it that the fans threw eggs at our head? In Bahia? You know, we were criticised at times. We experienced mistrust within the group, which wasn’t so tight knit at times and we got past that.
“This team [in 2015] is an excellent group, we have impressive players. For you guys who are just seeing what is happening on the field, you don’t know what happens behind the scenes.
“But for those of us who are working with this team and who lived through the ’94 World Cup, we see the same potential now. We see their will to work together and do their best.
“They’ve experienced many challenges. They lost the World Cup, they suffered that unforgettable loss, and they are still carrying all that weight.
“I believe that, step by step, they will rebuild that confidence in themselves and will bring a lot of joy to everyone.”