Oscar talks about unity
Brazil sides of the past have been renowned for their star players. Their last victorious side at the World Cup came in 2002 in Japan and South Korea, a side that had the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo amongst their squad.
In a book about Oscar, which has some extracts published in the Daily Mirror, the Chelsea star said: “We know the whole of Brazil will be behind us, willing us to succeed. Perhaps we don’t have the star players that previous generations have had, but we have unity.
“We’re at home and for anyone to beat us at the World Cup, they’re going to need to play really, really well! We’re all together!”
Brazil start the tournament as favourites with fellow South Americans Argentina also hotly tipped to make it to the latter stages of the competition. Brazil’s Confederations Cup win last summer – when they beat World and European Champions Spain 3-0 in the final is cited by Oscar as a possible reason as to why the fans believe they can become world champions for a sixth time on this occasion.
He said: “Looking back to the Confederations Cup, maybe people were surprised how the team came together.
“We weren’t as surprised as the fans though. We’d been working hard, trying to be united as a team and wanting very much to do well. And that’s what we’re working towards now.
“It’s a new face for the Brazil team and people recognised that – maybe began to believe in it – when they watched us win the Confederations Cup.”
The current side has plenty of players who have experience playing at the top level in Europe, whilst some players who have been left out could be argued as better than some of the players who are heading to the tournament for other nations.
The Brazil squad is pretty strong, but like any winning team, team spirit looks as though it will be an important factor if the side is to go on and win the trophy.