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Brazil national team coach Dunga says that he is planning to make use of his six allocated substitutions in the friendly against Japan in order to get a better understanding of his team. Dunga is in his second spell as the manager of the national team. He is preparing his team to do well at the upcoming Copa America, but his most important job will be to do well at the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Brazil come on the back of a humiliation at the World Cup 2014, which started so well in front of their own supporters.

In order to overcome this disappointment, Dunga brought back a number of players from his previous spell who were omitted by Luiz Felipe Scolari. This includes midfielder Kaka, who has just joined MLS club Orlando City on a permanent basis. Despite being in the twilight of his career, the return of players like Kaka is expected to benefit the team in terms of experience. Brazil struggled without the same in the semi-final against Germany as they were ripped apart 7-1. Newcomers in the squad include the likes of goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, Mario Fernandes, and Souza. The friendly against Japan will take place in Singapore and it presents Dunga a great opportunity to look at his team in detail.

“The intention is to use all six substitutions we are allowed. Mainly because of the long trip to China, the intense game we had against Argentina in the smog [in Beijing]. We will give an opportunity to new players who are in the squad. The quality of Brazilian players means were are always expected to put on a good show, but we need a good pitch to play speed and with intensity. The intention, every time we play, is to produce a good show,” said Dunga.