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Silva gets firm reply from coach Dunga

Silva gets firm reply from coach Dunga
Brazil coach Dunga (in pic) gave a firm response on Monday to Thiago Silva’s complaints that nobody had told the defender he was no longer captain of the side. Silva captained Brazil at this year’s World Cup, when he was praised for holding together a shaky back four, but was left out of the team for last week’s friendly in Turkey and could also start on the bench away to Austria on Tuesday.

‘I respect the history of each individual in the Brazil team but this is my way of working. Nobody loses out on anything when they are with the Brazilian team. The Brazil team is the Brazil team, every day here has to be conquered; every single second, every single training session. We believe in hierarchy and in rules, so that everyone in the group gets on with everyone else. We believe in organising our work, we don’t like improvisation,’ Dunga said.

Neymar has been captain since the World Cup but Silva said neither the Barcelona player nor Dunga had told him of the decision. ‘I never spoke to anyone, it was done without any conversation. That’s what upsets me,’ Silva told Brazilian media on Sunday.

Dunga, who was previously Brazil coach for four years until 2010 World Cup, was brought back for a second stint to rebuild the team after a disastrous end to this year’s World Cup, when they lost their semifinal 7-1 to Germany.He has made an impressive start with five straight wins and no goals conceded.
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