Before the start of the World Cup on Thursday against Serbia, Brazilian footballers firmly believe in winning their sixth title. “We are ready to play a great World Cup,” captain Thiago Silva said on Wednesday. “Of course, the title is far away. But dreaming costs nothing.” The Seleção will start the tournament in Qatar among the big favourites. This is also due to superstar Neymar, who his captain says is in top form. “He arrived at a very good level here. It was different in 2018,” said Thiago Silva. Back in Russia, the Brazilians were eliminated in the quarter-finals.
The record world champions won their last World Cup trophy in 2002 in Japan and South Korea. The fact that the home pressure is now particularly strong does not bother national coach Tite. “We have a great football history and of course that comes with pressure. Brazil is a football-crazy country,” said the 61-year-old. “But it’s good to dream and we dream of winning the World Cup.”