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Zico: 'Brazil must make changes'

Zico insists that Luiz Felipe Scolari's departure is just the first of many changes that need to be made for Brazil to be successful again.

Zico has claimed that there must be changes to the way Brazilian players are trained following their World Cup disappointment.

Despite heading into the tournament targeting a sixth title, the hosts were thrashed 7-1 in the semi-finals by eventual winners Germany, who went on to beat Argentina in the final at the Maracana.

Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned from his role after pressure was put on the CBF to part company with the 65-year-old, but Zico believes that there need to be more changes on the way in the near future.

"It's time to put on the sandals of humility and start from scratch," Brazil's former midfielder told Bild. "You can't keep hiding. You have to change many things. Many things have to change.

"All I hear is that there were mistakes and that it does not matter when you lose in the semi-final against Germany, whether it's by one goal or seven. But that's not acceptable.

"We need to rethink the training of our players. We should be working mostly with young talents."

Reports earlier this week suggested that Manuel Pellegrini had rejected the opportunity to replace Scolari.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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