Speaking with goal.com.br and translated by Sambafoot, Oscar has sent out a verbal warning to all those believing of World Cup glory in Brazil.
The attacking midfielder told reporters that if anyone wishes to depart Brazil as World Cup winners, then they will have to beat the hosts along the way.
He said: "I think for another team to win this World Cup, they'll have to beat Brazil. We will do everything to win and we will fight to the end."
"Moreover, we have the crowd on our side too, so to beat Brazil on home soil would be a historic and very difficult thing to do."
It’s no secret that the Brazilians fancy their chances of adding to their record five World Cup honours, and the pressure on being hosts certainly doesn’t seem to be affecting the Chelsea playmaker.
The Brazilians’ main rivals for the trophy will come in the face of Germany, Spain – who they comfortably beat in the Confederations Cup final – and fellow South American side Argentina.
Despite the Argentines boasting arguably the World’s most potent forwards in Lionel Messi, Gonazalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Carlos Tevez, Chelsea star Oscar cautioned that they will have no chance of emerging as champions – because Brazil won’t let them, adding:
"Argentina will win if hell freezes over! They are a great team but Brazil will not let that happen."
The two sides were kept apart during December’s draw in Bahia, therefore Oscar’s theory that Messi and co will have to beat Brazil to emerge victorious may well be concluded in a mouth-watering all South American final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th.
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