Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS) Embattled Brazil coach Dunga has declared that he has no interest in proving others wrong after his team’s poor start to the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.
The Selecao is currently sixth in the South American zone qualifying group with just nine points from their first six matches, reports Xinhua.
Draws with Uruguay and Paraguay last month led to calls from some members of Brazil’s media for Dunga to be replaced by Corinthians coach Tite.
“I don’t want to be proven right, I want to win,” Dunga said during a seminar in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
“We have the same record now to the one we had after six matches in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. People are talking about pressure, but there isn’t any. A coach needs time to work.”
Earlier this month, the 52-year-old and Brazil’s technical director, Gilmar Rinaldi, were told that results must improve immediately during a meeting with the Brazilian football confederation’s top brass.
He said he and his coaching staff were “monitoring thousands of players” to ensure the best squad was chosen for the centenary edition of the Copa America in June.
And he hit back at criticism of his authoritative style, which has reportedly led to friction with some players.
“I’m not here to be their father,” Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga said.
“I have to be a dad to my own children. Here I have to be a professional and demand a good attitude and respect. They are men. They have to make decisions and behave accordingly.”