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Pearce needs to put the 'team' into 'Team GB' to ensure gold

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As anyone who has even the most basic understanding of football will tell you, effort and desire alone do not win football matches and that school of thought was proven at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.

Stuart Pearce's young side certainly did not lack determination, as you would expect from a team under the guidance of a man affectionately known as 'Psycho' during his playing days.

However, the fact of the matter was there was a sizeable gap in class between the newly-reformed Team GB and a Brazil side that seem destined to return to their status as one of the best in the world, never mind the Olympics.

Talent alone doesn't win football matches either.  Sometimes organisation, concentration and teamwork causes teams to upset the odds.

Just ask former European champions Greece, who in 2004 dared to defy the footballing gods and triumphed against all odds.

Team GB didn't really adequately display those qualities last night however, and Stuart Pearce (pictured) has much to ponder before his team walk out at Old Trafford next week for their group opener with Senegal.

Some lessons will need to be learned quickly if his side are to scoop a historic Olympic medal this summer.

Arguably the biggest challenge will be getting his team to gel and work together as a unit, especially at the back, where a lack of communication between Micah Richards and James Tomkins was constantly exploited by the explosive attacking force of a talented Brazillian side.

Uruguayan threats 

The likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani may well have been rubbing their hands with excitement at the sight of such sloppy defending and it is probably for the best that they will be the last opponents for Pearce's side in the group.

Senegal, while being no pushovers, will present a different challenge to that posed by Brazil and (we expect) Uruguay. Senegalese teams often set themselves up to be hard to breakdown and very physical.

This side is unlikely to be different, with the absence of their two most technically gifted players, Papa Cisse and Demba Ba.

Indeed the most notable name in the squad is West Ham's new signing Mohamed Diame.

The UAE will undoubtedly be touted as the group's whipping boys but nevertheless a professional performance will be required (remember England v Algeria in 2010).

If Team GB can bag two wins under their belt, it could give them the shot in the arm that will be needed to stop a decent Uruguayan side.

They cannot allow the likes of Suarez and Cavani the amount of time and space that was given to Brazilian playmaker Oscar at the Riverside.

The Brazilian pulled the strings throughout the evening, much like Andrea Pirlo did for Italy against England at Euro 2012 earlier in the summer and was largely untroubled.

Too much respect 

It seemed Great Britain had fallen for the old adage of having too much respect for your opponent and the price they paid could have been more significant, were it not for some great last ditch defending from Neil Taylor and some smart saves from young keeper Jack Butland.

Although not nearly on the same level as Brazil in terms of technical ability, there is undoubtedly talent within Pearce's squad, as we saw in brief glimpses on Friday night.

Danny Rose, having looked out of place in the first half, suddenly sprang to life in the second, causing the Brazilian defence at least a minor headache.

The main question is whether Pearce can get the 'Team' into 'Team GB.' He admitted after the game that he still doesn't believe his side are ready for the tournament, expressing his hope that the squad can bond over the next few training sessions.

Indeed, the performances of the players, seemed to reflect the feelings of the fans at the Riverside last night, who clearly still don't quite know what to make of it all.

If Team GB qualify from their group, you would fancy them to ease past Mexico, Switzerland, or South Korea (assuming of course Gabon don't make it) but a possible semi-final against Brazil or Spain will await.

Brazil are using the Olympics and Confederations Cup as preparation for their assault on the 2014 World Cup and are therefore taking this tournament very seriously.

Every member of the team from the players to backroom staff seem focused on the task in hand.

If Pearce's side want gold, they will have to replicate that sense of unified identity and create a team that the players and fans truly believe in.

By Tom Coleman - Follow me on Twitter @tomecoleman

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