Mourinho reveals Brazil trait he admires, Germany and Khedira

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Chelsea manager believes home World Cup nation can go all the way thanks to their fighting spirit.

Jose Mourinho is confident that Brazil will claim a sixth World Cup title in their home nation.

The Portuguese, who has been blogging about the international tournament for Yahoo, explained that the Selecao may be without star player Neymar due to injury and Thiago Silva because of suspension, but their "fighting spirit" will be enough to see them navigate a way through their semifinal clash with Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte and into a marquee final against either the Netherlands or South American rivals Argentina.

"Brazil is a fighting team, is playing with their heart and every player gives everything - I respect that," said Mourinho, who has Chelsea interest in the match thanks to the likely involvement of Oscar and Willian.

"But reality is they don't play quality football. I know what they are doing though. Everybody defending. Big effort. At the end of the story, we see Brazil world champion. They do everything to win for their country and to be a world champion."

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Brazil 10 5

Competing against them - Germany - is a squad who have been utilising a polarising tactic; player rotation.

Commenting, Mourinho said: "Rotation without losing the identity and principles and dynamic of the team, I don't think it's a problem.

"The problem is when rotation is when it brings the players into a discomfort level. From match to match it is important to change a couple of players to bring in new blood, players with more physical condition to bring the team to different levels of intensity.

"[Sami] Khedira, for instance, needed a rest as he came from surgery and lots of minutes played. Khedira is now back to the team and back to the [Joachim] Low dynamic."

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