Dani Alves has been talking up Brazil’s chances of winning the World Cup, claiming that they were ‘almost invincible’ in their 2-0 win against Ireland. However, despite the impressive performance, the bookies are still not completely convinced, keeping them 5/1 second favourites behind Spain.
“When Brazil play like they did in the last 20 minutes against Ireland, we are almost invincible,” said Alves.
“The truth is when we succeed playing the ball, which is what makes everyone of us happy, in the end we enjoy it so much.
“The strength of the Brazil national team is the speed and the way we move the ball.
“We are all very happy and confident. We want to win the World Cup so much.
“In the Brazil national team we have the best of the best.”
David Villa, Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney will probably have something to say about that but the fact that Brazil played their ruthless one-touch football against Ireland shows that they are serious contenders for the trophy in South Africa.
Brazil’s success may hinge on the performances of Kaka. The Real Madrid player scored five goals in Brazil’s qualifying matches and his technical skill and mazy runs pose a threat to any defence.
With a tricky qualifying group and the possibility of meeting European Champions Spain in the last 16 – the draw could have been kinder to The Samba Boys. Their qualifying campaign was beset with a number of draws – seven in total – but they won the Confederations Cup last year. It is clear that they are coming good at the right time and if they can overcome the jet lag which won’t be besetting the European sides, then they could add to their five trophy haul in the South Africa.