Chile are worth a punt. Glenn Hoddle
The Last 16 game that catches my eye is the hosts up against Chile, who for me have been the outstanding ‘dark horse’ of this tournament.
I have a hunch it is going to be close. Although I still think Brazil will edge it, I am deeply concerned about them and how far they might eventually go in this tournament.
Chile will be a huge test, not the easy ride it might seem. They might just be worth a bet, although it will be a very close run thing.
It’s not just that Chile have been red hot - pardon the pun - but that Brazil have relied far too much on just one player - Neymar.
So far big name players such as Hulk, Oscar and Paulinho have not turned up. Fred has been average and Paulinho has been poor. They have finished with Chelsea’s Willian in their team, and I think they might now start with him.
As for the defence. There isn’t one! Alves, Marcelo and David Luiz all love to attack, and none of those three know how to defend! Three of the back four aren’t defenders. Thiago Silva is their real defender, and his defensive style is instinctive.
That’s why I think Chile will run them close in this first knock out game, and Brazil frailties at the back will be test properly for the first time.
Chile are cute, and in Alexis they have a great talent who might this summer end up signing for a Premier League club.
Overall I think that Brazil are inconsistent and unpredictable, while my only concern about Chile is that maybe they have peaked too early. But they are going to prove a difficult hurdle for Brazil.
There won’t be much in it.
Luis Suarez should be banned from football for life if he ever bites an opponent again.
He needs help and this FIFA ban is fine as far as it goes. But first he needs to know that he needs to get help – or if he repeats it he will never play football again.
He needs to get help out of fear, if you like because has done it three times now! The possibility of a life time ban will scare him more than anything else, more than any fine, more than even this ban from the World Cup. He needs to activate a process of getting help.
To help himself, he needs to know his entire career is now on the line, that there’s nowhere in the world he can play if he ever repeats it.
He’s done if before and he clearly needs help. My message to Suarez is ‘go and get help you need, because if you ever do this again, you must be banned – for life’.