Chelsea forward Willian is aware of the challenge that he and the rest of his countrymen have in trying to deliver a World Cup win on home soil this summer but he believes the people in his country deserve it.
The last time they won the World Cup was in 2002 in Japan and South Korea, when two goals from Ronaldo helped them overcome Germany to become World Champions for a fifth time.
Willian is quoted by Sky Sports, saying: “The Brazilians, as a nation, they deserve it. They have been waiting a long time.
“Every team we play will treat us like their World Cup final. We know that’s the size of the task we face but we are ready for it.
“We know we have fantastic support from the fans and we will give everything to make them happy.
“It’s going to be difficult. But we have a good team and are full of confidence.”
Some have said this Brazil team doesn’t have the stars of the past but most people are saying they are favourites to win the competition, with the bookmakers inclined to agree given the home advantage – along with their Confederations Cup win last summer, having beaten World and European Champions Spain 3-0 in the final.
Willian seems to be under no illusions as to how difficult it will be for the home nation, and expects sides to raise their game when they come up against Brazil ahead of tomorrow’s opening game against Croatia.
He added: “Everyone we play will raise their game against us. But we can’t worry about that.
“We just have to focus on ourselves and make sure we win the game.”