The 2014 World Cup was a huge disappointment for the Brazil national football team, as the squad suffered its biggest loss in almost a century, going down to Germany in the semifinals in an ignominious 7-1 defeat. Making it more painful was the fact that Brazil was hosting the tournament that year. But with both national teams facing up in the football final at the Rio Olympics, it’s going to be all about national pride for the Brazilians, and not “revenge” against the Germans for the shameful World Cup semifinal loss.

Brazil coach wants to move on from crushing World Cup defeat

Speaking to press ahead of Saturday’s gold medal game, Brazil coach Rogerio Micale quickly shot down any talk that World Cup revenge was the motivating factor for his team.

As Rio 2016 marks “a different time with different players,” Micale believes that revenge is out of the question. He also noted the absence of star forward Neymar, who wasn’t fielded in the World Cup semifinal due to an injury he suffered in an earlier game versus Colombia.

Micale also acknowledged the role of the hometown crowd in supporting his team, noting that Germany has fielded a “very strong” team to the Olympics. He said that Brazil’s supporters “will want what they want” and may see this as a grudge match, but at the end of the day, the Olympic football final has “nothing to do with the past.”

Brazil and Germany have drastically different lineups in Olympics

A look at both sides shows two lineups that are much different from the 2014 World Cup.

In fact, there is just one player from either side to have also suited up in said World Cup, and that’s Neymar. Still, the differing composition of Brazil and Germany’s lineups is mostly on account of the Olympic rule that requires teams to have only three players aged 23 and above, with the rest of the team below that age limit.

Micale notes Germany’s threat as a “dangerous” team

Despite also having a different lineup for the Olympics, the German team should be one to watch out for, said Micale. He called them a “dangerous” team with a “consistent system of playing” and a focus on dominating possession to control matches. Still, Micale is confident that Brazil will be able to hold its own at home, as the team has a number of players who can “change the game (with) one moment of brilliance.”

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