Well it’s finally the day of the Brazil v Colombia game. The sun is shining here in Rio and the mood is a positive one. Most Brazilians i’ve been speaking to are very confident about their chances of beating the free flowing Colombians in today’s highly anticipated match and seem more worried about the possibility of the Germans in the next round.
It’s fair to say i’m probably more nervous than a lot of the locals i’ve spoken to. If the unthinkable was to happen and Brazil lose, i’m almost sure that the great World Cup party atmosphere will somewhat grind to a halt. As good as it would be for the Colombians, it would be terrible for Brazil.
Every Brazilian i’ve spoken to knows that they (the players) will need to cut the emotion from their performance. Too many tears have been shed already, with a final still some distance away. They can’t let the pressure and emotions get the better of them. Colombia have been playing some of the best football of the tournament so far, particularly young prodigy James Rodriguez, and are a force to be reckoned with, Brazil will have to up their game.
One thing that I keep hearing is the reason for their confidence is that they felt Chile had a stronger all round team and were more set up to stifle Brazils attacking game. With Colombia’s tactics heavily based around fast, free flowing, attacking football, they feel it will play directly into their hands and allow Brazil to play their game.
From the minute I woke up this morning I could hear the air horns from my window as the excitement builds leading up to the big match. You can’t help but love this World Cup atmosphere.
In what’s been said is the battle between Neymar and Rodriguez, one thing’s for sure, I can’t wait for what promises to be one of the highlights of an already extraordinary World Cup so far. I for one, can’t wait.
VAI BRASILLLLLL !