Two games, one win and countless boos from the stands; this is not the way Brazil envisaged the Copa America on home soil.
After a second half blitz papered over the cracks in the opening game against Bolivia, Tite’s weaknesses were brutally exposed against a tough and resilient Venezuela side in front of a less than impressed crowd at the Arena Fonte Nova.
And it wouldn’t be a bad Brazilian performance without one of the Selecao’s stars being made into a scapegoat on social media. It was Gabriel Jesus at the World Cup in Russia and, one year on, it looks like Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is quickly becoming the whipping boy for Brazil fans.
The 27-year-old appeared to lack match sharpness during the 3-0 win against Bolivia, despite setting up Philippe Coutinho’s second with a lovely floated cross, and he was far from his best again when Venezuela ground out a valuable draw.
Things could have been very different had Brazil, and Firmino, not seen three goals ruled out by VAR. But the fact that he failed to hit the target with any of his four shots on goal speaks volumes.
Some fans might have gone a little overboard but the criticism is understandable. Firmino is capable of far, far better.
If Firmino starts over Jesus next game I’m fighting Tite— Scoobinho (@RichSilva84) June 19, 2019
Firmino was poor though— very normal person (@longcunt) June 19, 2019
Well just lost $400 US dollar because Brazil doesn't want want to compete. No joke my senior class in higher school would try harder than them... caps is just pay day for them and I'm somewhat ashamed to be a Roberto Firmino fan rn..he was tragic today— Andrew Hicks (@HixyStyx) June 19, 2019
He deffo doesn’t deserve to get blamed at but Jesus should start instead of him, he fits the system more— OnomahIsABaller (@SpursD22) June 19, 2019
firmino was poor again...tite use of substitutions is appalling ...richaleson again one of their best players and is taking off at half time...they wont be winning this...messi might..might be able to beat these..uruguay will eat them..columbia and chile too..they're poor— Luis/Leo De Janeiro (@andywoods00) June 19, 2019
Brazils whole midfield is trash, Firmino shouldn’t start the next one, richarlison shouldn’t start the next one, Fernandinho and Casemiro shouldn’t start. If Brazil don’t win this tournament, tite should 100% be sacked.— Arjun (@ftblarj) June 19, 2019
Brazil can't win with firmino. When will you learn tite?— pohs (@pohsbet) June 19, 2019
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