Scolari: 'Brazil will win the World Cup'

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident of World Cup success this summer, saying his Brazil side will win the tournament.

Scolari was the Brazil manager in 2002 as Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho worked in perfect harmony to clinch the trophy in Japan and Korea, and having also won last summer's Confederations Cup and taken Portugal to the Euro 2004 final, Scolari has his fair share of success at international level.

And with expectations high as Brazil embark on their first home World Cup since 1950, Scolari has done little to ease the pressure on his young squad, insisting that they will once again lift the trophy - for the sixth time.

There is no pressure on Brazil. Brazil are not under pressure to be the world champions. Brazil will be the champions.

If I did not think we could win the World Cup, I wouldn’t lead the team. I’d be sitting at home. If I came here, it’s because I’m 100 percent convinced that I will succeed.”

Under Scolari, Brazil have failed to win just six games, including only two defeats to England and Switzerland. With recent Brazilian League exports such as Lucas, Paulinho, Bernard, Marquinhos and Oscar all now establishing themselves within Scolari's squad, they have a great mix of youth and experience, with familiar faces Julio Cesar, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva expected to be key parts of the defence.

The poster boy for the national team this time is Barcelona's Neymar, and much is expected of him after being left out of Dunga's 2010 World Cup squad despite his great displays for Santos as a 17 year old. He may be the creative flair player like Ronaldinho of yesteryear was, but Brazil certainly lack a Ronaldo-esque striker who will always be a threat, as Fred and Jo do little to inspire confidence.

Brazil will certainly be one of the main contenders next summer, particularly after demolishing Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final, but Scolari's assertion that Brazil will win the World Cup looks slightly ambitious at this stage.

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