Carlos Alberto warns Brazil over misplaced confidence

Thu Dec 5, 2013 11:49am EST
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By Andrew Downie

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Reuters) - Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of arguably Brazil's greatest side, fears the current crop are worse than previous World Cup failures and the soccer-mad nation is overcooking expectations.

Favorites Brazil are bidding to win a record sixth trophy on home soil in June and July next year but misplaced confidence could be their biggest threat.

"You have to keep your feet on the ground, you can't say six or seven months before the World Cup that we are champions, I don't think that is the right approach," the captain of the victorious 1970 side told reporters on the eve of Friday's draw for the finals.

"We've had national teams better than the current one and we didn't win the World Cup.

"We have the support and we are at home but that doesn't mean we will win."

Brazil established themselves as Favorites after demolishing world and European champions Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final at home last June.

Backed by a raucous support and with outstanding performances from players such as Neymar, Paulinho and Fred, Brazil were surprisingly dominant over a side which had ruled the soccer landscape for five years.

That boosted their confidence and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari last month ramped up expectation by declaring: "Brazil will be World Cup winners in 2014".   Continued...

Former Brazilian soccer captain Carlos Alberto Torres arrives for a news conference ahead of the draw for the 2014 World Cup at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata, Bahia state, December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes