KOLKATA: Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu has ruled out making drastic changes to his side for Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 third place play-off against Mali.
Brazil lost Wednesday’s semifinal 3-1 to England in Kolkata to miss out on a return to the final for the first time since losing to Mexico in 2005.
But with third place at stake at Vivekananda Yubabahrati Krirangan, Amadeu is seeking to end the campaign on a high note.
“We are looking to field a stable squad as we have had good results with these players, so there won’t be many changes,” said the 52-year-old.
“Our original aim was to win the tournament but now that we can’t our goal is to finish as high as possible, so we are going to try our best to finish in third.”
“We have forgotten about the last match and we are focusing on the next game. Saturday’s match, more than anything, will be a game of pride and we will put everything into the game.
“It has come to the end of the competition and all teams know each other very well. I think it will be an open match and if our players, apply our strategy in the match then we can have a positive result.”
Brazil have now at least qualified for the quarterfinals at the last four editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, with this year’s run to the semi-finals was the first time the Selecao have progressed further having previously finished fourth in 2011.
“We have worked hard to bring back the fighting spirit for the players as after losing in the semifinal all the players were disappointed. Over the last two days we have spoken to the players that it is not the end of the world and we have to work harder in the future,” added Amadeu.
Although a lot of focus will be paid to the forward line of Mali which has amassed 16 goals in their six games so far with most number of shots on target, Amadeu is insistent that his team need only concern themselves with their own performance.
“For every single match there is a lot of analysis done on our opponents, but I really think it’s more about we play on the day that determines what result we’ll achieve,” the gaffer concluded.