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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil – Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says a lack of experience is hurting Brazil's young squad at the World Cup.
The coach is also blaming the team's struggles, which include a disappointing performance that nearly led to its elimination by Chile in the second round, on the pressure of succeeding in front of the home fans.
Brazil has only six players from past World Cups, and some of its top stars, including Neymar, are playing in football's biggest stage for the first time.
Scolari says Brazil has "a lot of young players" and that lack of experience in a competition such as the World Cup is "a concern."