Carlos Alberto Torres: Brazil will only be the favourite at 2018 World Cup
Carlos Alberto Torres, who captained the 1970 Brazilian team who won the World Cup in Mexico, believes that the current Brazil team will not be ready to win the trophy for a sixth time next year.
Torres, 68, who is regarded as one of the best defenders of all-time, believes 2014 will come too soon for the current crop but they should be ready by the 2018 tournament to be held in Russia.
“We Brazilians have to become aware that Brazil will have a nice team for 2018,” he told SporTV.
“They say we are the favourite for 2014, but for me we are not. Those who have played a World Cup know that you need experience.
“Not joining a team today to find that next year you will be world champion. Brazil, with the quality of our players, will always be a favourite, which is not to say that we will win.”
Torres was not too disheartened by the defeat to England on Wednesday but then did not expect too much given their recent form.
“I would not say it was our normal performance, because the reality of Brazilian football is what we are seeing.
“I do not remember a great performance in the last three years. For me, it was a good performance. We have to get used to the way the team plays.
“It is at times static, fixed in play but there must be movement, especially the skilled players such as Neymar.
“He has the ability but if he accepts the marking, then the game disappears.”