what a peach by Neymar. Brasil looking flawless. What a backline + GK combo they have, and many playmakers in midfield. Even their scrubbiest guy - Fred - fits great on this team with his experience and calm demeanor. He just sits up there and passively sets people up, and provides a change of pace (or lack there of) from guys like Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Danny Alves.... this team looks primed for not only this CONFED Cup but next year at the WC in Brasil big time favorites.
I think Neymar and Hulk are deadly on the wings and pretty much the best wing play in the world(Hulk is a bull) but I wouldn't call them the favorites. The new crop of players are new and inexperienced and I don't think they have the mental strength or willpower(as cheesy as it sounds) to beat Spain, Italy or Germany.
A well disciplined team with a very good midfield can get by them easily I think.
Mexico looked like shit. No possession or build up play whatsoever. They need to find some playmakers.
The only chances Mexico were able to create was through the counter attack. The penalty won by Gio was a bit lucky and Pirlo should have won the penalty in the first half.
Hernandez looked like a scrub for the most part and the dude has no game other than finishing in the box. I've been exposing the player for what he is for years now. There was a play(i think in the 1st half) on the counter where he had a wide open teammate striding to the box but instead hernandez takes a long shot which softly ends up in the hands of buffon..
Gio Dos Santos looks like a playmaker but of course we all know he's a bust.
2010 was probably a worst squad. That team featured players like Elano in the starting lineup. That team was much more defensive than their current squad mainly due to Dunga.
Here's that squad
Julio CesarInter (ITA)
Heurelho GomesTottenham (ENG)
Alexander Doni Roma (ITA)
Maicon Inter (ITA)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Lucio Inter (ITA)
Juan Roma (ITA)
Luisao Benfica (POR)
AC Milan (ITA)
Kaka Real Madrid (ESP)
Josue Wolfsburg (GER)
Elano Galatasaray (TUR)
Ramires Benfica (POR)