Brazil captain Lucio wants more commitment from his teammates at the Copa America.
Two days before a decisive match against Ecuador, Lucio said Monday that Brazil's youngsters need to do more to honor the famed yellow jersey in the South American competition.
After drawing 0-0 with Venezuela and 2-2 with Paraguay, Brazil needs to win its final Group B match Wednesday to advance to the second round without depending on other results.
"We have to keep in mind that the emblem on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on its back," the 33-year-old Lucio said. "We need to show our opponents that we want to win. We need to run a little more, mark a little harder."
Lucio talked to the squad after the first two matches to try to motivate its youngsters and show that the time to start giving all they've got to the national team is right now.
"I'm careful to try to respect everyone, if they are 18 or if they are 30, but I always try to give them confidence and show that they need to give a little more to the national team," said Lucio, the most experienced player in a Brazilian team being revamped for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"They have to analyze how they have been playing and try to improve. We all know the results have been disappointing."
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has brought a squad mixed with experienced players and promising youngsters such as Neymar, Lucas and Paulo Henrique Ganso for the tournament in Argentina. Only seven players from the Brazil team eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup made the trip to the Copa America.
"We had a nice talk and the most experienced players put us more at ease," said 21-year-old Ganso, one of the players touted to lead Brazil at the next World Cup. "I think all the players in the national team know about the responsibility of wearing the Brazilian jersey."
Lucio didn't single out any player and said that even the most experienced have to pick up the pace to help Brazil keep alive its hopes of winning a third straight Copa America title.
"We don't want to criticize anyone specifically, because then it creates a problem and that's not our goal," Lucio said. "Each player has to understand that we need to do more."
Ganso didn't play poorly against Paraguay, setting up Fred for the last-minute equalizer. Neymar struggled again, however, and was substituted in the second half. Menezes said it's normal for Brazil to struggle a bit at this stage in its rebuilding process.
Lucio has been in the national team for the past 11 years and helped it win the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. The Inter Milan player was also in the winning team at the Confederations Cup in 2005 and 2009.
From experience, he knows it's still not all lost for his team just yet.
"It's normal to go through difficulties when the results are not good," Lucio said. "But we still have time. We can quickly change this situation in the next match."