Thiago Silva plays down Brazil’s Copa hopes

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Thiago Silva feels this summer’s Copa America in Chile comes too soon for Brazil because the new-look squad “will take a little bit longer to work together”.

The 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain central defender has been a big part of the national team since 2008 and he featured heavily in last summer’s World Cup on home soil.

The tournament ended disastrously for Brazil as they were thrashed 7-1 by eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals with Thiago Silva missing that game because of suspension.

It resulted in Dunga replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach, but the influential stopper has remained a key member of the squad under the new regime.

Dunga has made an immediate impact on the team with eight consecutive Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour victories under his guidance.

However Thiago Silva thinks that the coach and squad of players need more time to gel before they can be expected to win a high-profile tournament such as the Copa America.

He said: “Of course, it’s inevitable to say that this isn’t the best moment. Colombia had a great World Cup. Argentina got to the final.

Brazil kind of went out a bit worse as a result for the game against Germany.

“Since then there has been regrouping, new players have been arriving, there’s a different technical commission.

“So this takes a bit of time so we can be able to be in the best state possible, but I think independent of this, the team is training well, and is well put together.”

He added: “I think that the Brazilian squad will take a little bit longer to work together, but in the near future we’re going to be proud of this team.”

Brazil, who are in Group C alongside Peru, Venezuela and Colombia, can be backed at 3.80 to win the tournament outright.

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