Diego Maradona blasted Fifa's ban on Luis Suarez and said they might as well lock him up in Guantanamo prison. . Photo: Andreas Solaro

Caracas – After watching Brazil play to a scoreless draw against Mexico, former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona criticised the World Cup hosts for their unconvincing performance through two matches at the 2014 finals.

“If they want to be one of the favourites, then Brazil needs to drastically improve themselves,” the 1986 world champion told the De Zurda show on Venezuelan TV channel Telesur on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old said the Selecao are relying too much on Neymar. The Brazilian star did have some good chances against Mexico, but he was not as effective as he was versus Croatia.

“I recognised that Mexico can play at the same level as Brazil because other than Neymar, Brazil do not know how to attack,” said Maradona, who believes there are are no other options up front.

The Argentinean great also said the referees are looking after the Brazilians, saying Brazilian Thiago Silva should have seen the red card for his foul on Javier Hernandez.

“That leaves one to wonder if Brazil want to get better that it would do so thanks to the referee more than their own doing,” said Maradona. – Sapa-dpa