Thursday, March 30, 2023

Brazil’s finest shooters ought to have taken penalties first: Klinsmann

Brazil’s quarterfinal defeat on penalties got here as an enormous shock after the event favorite was knocked out by Croatia however the South American facet misplaced as a result of its finest shooters didn’t step up first within the shootout, Jurgen Klinsmann mentioned on Monday.

Croatia, the 2018 runner-up, surprised Brazil 4-2 on penalties after Marquinhos and Rodrygo did not convert.

Brazil’s joint all-time high scorer Neymar – who was fifth in line within the shootout – didn’t even get the chance to take his penalty after his teammates missed.

“We were freaking out, it was real drama. We tried to discuss the difference between the drama from the Brazil game compared to the Argentina vs Netherlands game and we came up with some ideas,” Klinsmann mentioned at a Technical Research Group briefing.

“After conceding the equaliser in the 117th minute, Brazil had no time to switch gears. From the disappointment of conceding a last minute goal to the penalty shootout, there was no time to settle and approach the shootout positively.

“For Brazil, they should have maybe put their best shooter first, set the tone with the best penalty taker you have and then go down the rankings.”

That was not the case with its South American rival Argentina, nevertheless, which recovered from the shock of conceding a last-gasp equaliser in regular time to the Netherlands earlier than prevailing 4-3 within the shootout.

Lionel Messi was the primary to step up for Argentina and transformed his penalty with aplomb, instantly placing strain on the Dutch as Emiliano Martinez saved the primary two Dutch penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis.

“With Argentina, they had extra time to play, even with the shock of the (Wout) Weghorst equaliser in the last minute,” Klinsmann added.

“They had 30 minutes more to play. At the end of the game they were far more clearer (in the head) going into the penalty shootout.”

Klinsmann additionally praised England’s quarterfinal efficiency towards reigning champion France, saying the constructive strategy from Gareth Southgate’s facet will take it far with the younger expertise it has coming by means of the ranks.

“Overall it was very positive from England. France vs England should have been a semifinal or final. Unfortunately, one of them had to go home,” Klinsmann mentioned.

“It’s still a team in growth, this is a team that can get better over the years. They have a lot of talent coming through, they’re getting better and more experienced after three positive tournaments. There’s more to come from this England side.” 

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