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Brazil fitness coach says Neymar is unfit

Neymar in action against South Africa in the opening game of the Rio Olympics
Sumedh Pande
Modified 07 Aug 2016, 11:08 IST

The Brazilian Olympics football team has come under immense criticism after they drew their first game against lowly South Africa 0-0, even though the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the second half. Neymar, who is the star attraction in this Rio Olympics' football edition was lambasted for his dismal performance in the first game. A section of the 69,000 crowd at the National stadium booed the team after the final  whistle.

Marcos Seixas, Brazil's fitness coach has claimed that captain Neymar is unfit and is struggling due to his poor physical condition. He couldn't make any impact throughout the game as Seixas said, "Neymar hasn't got any momentum going. He doesn't have any because this was his second game of the season. I believe that the next couple of games will help his performance levels."

Seixas continued, "Physically and technically he is gifted, and due to this he should be able to get back into shape quickly. The little moments make the difference when you are talking about a player who is at the peak of his fitness, he will do more than those who have 30 or 35 games under their belts already." These comments will give hope to the supporters as the Barcelona superstar will improve in the coming days.

Rogerio Micale, the Brazil manager too has come under scrutiny but seemed positive in the post match conference saying, "The support of the fans is very important to the team. We know it is difficult in any competition, but if we have the support of the fans it will make things easier and help our players.But we need to be prepared for adverse circumstances. And it means we will be more focused in the future."

The host nation at the Rio 2016 Olympics have never won an Olympic gold in football and this is said to be their best chance as the Canarinhos have named a strong squad which includes players like Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos. Brazil face Iraq next on Monday to get the much-needed victory to kick-start their quest for a gold medal. Neymar must prove his decision to play the Olympics instead of the Copa America was right by playing a crucial role for Brazil in the Olympics.

Published 07 Aug 2016, 11:03 IST
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