Zico promises Brazil a 'workout' against Iraq
Iraq maybe far below the level of Brazil but head coach Zico promised Mano Menezes a good workout in Thursday's friendly in Sweden.
Zico's side are currently ranked 80th in the Fifa World rankings, 66 places below Brazil, but the former Seleção star hopes that the game can be a learning experience for his players as they look to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
He said: "Iraq is well below [The level of Brazil. But it’s a game and Football is football. I guess we can have a good workout, and can learn more about the team selection. But I cannot face Brazil without fear because we risk what happened against China [Brazil won 8-0]."
The former Japan coach also admitted that he would have preferred to face a smaller nation, one similar to their qualification opponents.
"Actually, I had asked for an opponent with the characteristic of Australia, because of the qualifiers. I thought of Scotland or Wales. For us this would have been better, but playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Italy is always an advantage.