The British outfit lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly last night, with Sandro and Neymar scoring first-half goals to earn the South Americans a comfortable warm-up win. Stuart Pearce is still hopeful that Team GB will perform well at the Olympics. Great Britain men’s football coach Stuart Pearce says his side will improve for their opening game at the Olympics against Senegal after being soundly beaten by Brazil. Speaking to BBC Sport afterwards, Pearce admitted his men had faced a ‘very good’ team that has played more games in the run-up to the tournament and, as a result, has superior fitness. “Next week is the most important one for us,” Pearce told BBC Sport.”Brazil are a very good side and well ahead of us in terms of games together and fitness.”
Team GB’s fixtures
26 July: vs Senegal at Old Trafford
29 July: vs UAE at Wembley
1 Aug: v Uruguay at Millennium Stadium
Pearce’s team face Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday before they play United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in Group A. If they are to make sure of their passage to the knockout stages of the competition, they will need to improve. ‘We knew where we were fitness-wise and we need a bit of punch in the final third and maybe this will come with fitness. We will be ready next week, we aren’t ready at this moment in time,’ Pearce stated. He added that he felt Team GB had passed well without threatening their opponents too often and had gifted Brazil two ‘sloppy goals’. “This game will bring us on and we have six days to get ready for Senegal. We have a lot of talent in the dressing room, everyone is comfortable on the ball and we will get better, I’ve seen it in training. It’s disappointing to lose but we will take the positives out of it.” On the team’s fitness the 38-year-old added: “It’s a difficult balancing act because you want all 18 players to be fit… but you can’t kill everybody in training.
Despite the result, GB captain Ryan Giggs remains confident his team-mates will show their quality during the Games. Striker Daniel Sturridge has thanked Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce for helping him keep his Olympic dream alive. Daniel Sturridge, who recovered from viral meningitis, will represent Team GB at the Olympics. ‘Thanks to the manager for being patient and waiting for me to get fit and thanks to the Chelsea doctor for being there for me when I was going through everything. Sturridge’s strike partner Craig Bellamy, though, believes better things are on the horizon for Team GB.’This was our first competitive game after 13 days and they don’t come much harder than Brazil,’ he said.