Mano Menezes admits Brazil were 'too obvious' against Venezuela

The boss admitted his men could not get their game flowing and lamented the poor state of the pitch in La Plata as his side were held to a 0-0 draw in their opening game

Brazil coach Mano Menezes says his side were easy to predict in their Copa America opener against Venezuela that ended 0-0.

The Copa America defending champions looked more interested than their opponents in getting the full three points, but rarely managed to break through Venezuela's organised defence.

Menezes was visibly disappointed with the result, but noted his players will learn from this game in order to prepare for the last two group encounters.

"The result was bad, because we played better than Venezuela. We had the control and the initiative of the match, but we lacked clarity in some choices, mainly to find players in the finishing moments," he said after the match.

"We were too obvious. The ball got to the players who were wide, but they were too far away from [Alexandre] Pato and the play could not flow. That is something we have to work on during the week."

The Brazil coach also blamed the poor condition of the pitch for the slow pace of the game, but underlined that was not the reason his side did not win.

"It looks to me that the pitch hindered faster plays and plays of more quality. However, that is not our problem. We have to look over our performance and correct our problems," he concluded.

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