Mano orders Brazil to respect China
Brazil take on China in Recife on Tuesday in a friendly that is considered by many to provide an easy win for the Seleção.
However, Brazilian national team head coach Mano Menezes has warned his side and their supporters not to get complacent ahead of the game, with China a much improved side under Spanish head coach José Antonio Camacho.
Not only have China dispatched many of their Asian neighbours over the past twelve months, but they have also impressed in defeat to European opposition - narrowly losing 1-0 to both Spain and Sweden in recent months.
Former Corinthians coach Menezes was quick to praise his opponents, particularly with the match following Brazil's less than impressive victory over South Africa on Friday.
"This Spain side had difficulties beating China, so why wont Brazil?," Mano asked reporters. "I can't talk about their side because I haven't followed them, but China has played some good matches, very tough games, against top opposition."
The coach then went on to give more detail about what the Seleção can expect, adding: "They play with two rows of four, in a way that gives Brazil shivers. They play with speed, which is a characteristic of their players.
"They will play with a striker tucked between our centre-backs and a midfield that offers tactical flexibility."