Brazil were the dominant force in their international friendly meeting with Italy, and they deservedly ran away with a 2-0 victory, thanks to first half strikes from Elano and Robinho.
It was an impressive display by the 2002 World Champions, as they made a statement ahead of this year’s Confederations Cup, and more importantly next year’s World Cup, both of which are to be held in South Africa.
Following the match, Brazil coach, Dunga, gave his thoughts on the performance of his players, and his content with the result on the night.
“Tonight was one of the best games we've played and we are very pleased with the outcome,” Dunga declared in a post-match press conference.
“Prior to the match we studied the Italians in many areas, mainly on their tactics.
“As a result of this, we were able to match them with our depth of talent and the great quality we possess. However, we must also be humble and respectful to our opponents,” he added.
“Everyone knows the quality of Robinho and Ronaldinho, but everyone played well tonight, including Felipe Melo, who has learned a lot from his Fiorentina boss [Cesare] Prandelli, as well as Adriano, who fought well," he praised.
Dunga had one final comment to make, in regards to a spat he had immediately after the final whistle with Italy right-back, Gianluca Zambrotta.
“He [Zambrotta] came to me complaining about the failure of his team, because of the tactics I employed.
“But, if I had spoken to, I would have said that every foul they received was worthy of being in a soap opera.
“Football is a tough game, and at the end of the day, despite what happened throughout, the scoreboard tells the real story of the night,” he concluded.
These latest comments are sure to spark the rivalry between the two nations, prior to their meeting in June, when they will do battle in Group B of the Confederations Cup.
Adrian Del Monte