Brazil defender David Luiz says that his side can withstand the strong competition at this year's World Cup to add an historic sixth title to their collection.
The host nation went into the tournament as favourites, but their performances in their opening two games against Croatia and Mexico have been somewhat underwhelming, despite picking up four points.
However, Luiz believes that the team have the capability to improve and that their best displays are still to come, ahead of their final group game against Cameroon on Monday.
‘Every team who is at the World Cup have had to prepare well. Today the level is very high,’ he said.
‘You see the previous world champions being eliminated at the group stage and teams that were not considered very strong have good tactics and a solid squad, so they make every game very hard.
‘You see a group like with the Netherlands and Spain; Australia were considered merely a punching bag but they almost beat the Netherlands after the Dutch beat Spain'.
‘We know what we have to follow. We know that we can evolve, that we can grow, but we also know what we are facing,’ he added.
‘It’s not only the game against Mexico that will be tough. We also face Cameroon and then others. God willing, we will then go all the way to the final.
‘Every game will be like this; difficult. They’re games where you will have to learn how to suffer, maybe for 80 minutes, and play the last 10 minutes to try to win the match because this is how football is nowadays.’
Playing in his first World Cup, Luiz has gradually established himself as a regular for Brazil over the past four years, winning 38 caps alongside captain Thiago Silva in the heart of defence.
A player who has divided opinions at Chelsea since signing from Benfica in January 2011, the centre-back is now set for a £50 million move to big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain, after his frequent mental lapses saw him fall out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho this past season, the world-record fee for a defender coming as a shock to many across the game.
Seemingly more reliable for the Selecao however, the 27-year-old’s partnership with Silva at the back may be a sign of things to come with the Ligue 1 side, but first there is the small matter of fulfilling the entire nation's expectations this summer, with anything less than victory at the Maracana on July 13 likely to be seen as failure.