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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Mar 28, 2011

Adam: We'll benefit from Brazil lesson

Charlie Adam insists Scotland's friendly against Brazil was a worthwhile exercise despite the crushing manner of their defeat against the five-time world champions.

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Craig Levein's men were utterly outplayed at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon and could have suffered a far worse loss than the 2-0 scoreline suggested.

Having gone into the game on the back of confidence-boosting 3-0 victories over the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland, Scotland appeared to go into their shells in north London.

"Teams like that make you do that,'' said midfielder Adam, whose next assignment for his country is set to be May's Carling Nations Cup matches against Wales and the Republic of Ireland followed by autumn's four remaining European Championship qualifiers. It was a valuable experience for us. It'll stand us in good stead for the qualifiers and the two games we've got at the end of the season.''

Comparing Brazil to Group I rivals Spain, he added: "They've got some of the best players in the world, like Spain. It's great to be part of it, playing against Spain and Brazil. They don't come along very often. But the results in the past couple have been good apart from today and we'll learn from it. It's one of these games where you can't be overawed and, at times, I thought we did okay.''

Adam suffered an injury scare in the second half after hurting his knee making a challenge but he insisted it was nothing serious and was hopeful of being fit for Blackpool's crucial Barclays Premier League game at Fulham next Sunday.

"I just got a whack on it as I went to make a tackle,'' he said. "We clashed knees but I'll be all right and hopefully be ready for the weekend.''

Adam was suffering mentally more than physically, according to manager Levein, after failing to carry his Blackpool form into the game.

"Charlie Adam in particular is disappointed in the way he played,'' Levein said. "I said to Charlie that it just shows him where he has come from in the last year or so. He recognises that and it was refreshing to hear him say he felt he could have played a lot better. But he played his part in the team effort, that's for sure.''

Brazil boss Mano Menezes was diplomacy personified when asked if any of the Scottish players had impressed him.

"Scotland does not depend on individuals - it is a collective work,'' he said. "They had players missing like Darren Fletcher, who is important for Scotland and Manchester United, so they certainly have good individual players some of whom play in England. But Brazil controlled the game well so we could not see anything of their individual players.''

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