Barcelona’s Dani Alves insists Brazil aren’t obsessed with winning 2014 World Cup
Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes Brazil aren’t under any pressure to win the World Cup and refuted suggestions they are obsessed with winning this summers tournament.
Brazil’s previous experiences of hosting a World Cup ended with a shock final defeat to Uruguay in 1950 but the 31-year-old insists the will approach this tournament like every other.
Alves spoke to the Times of India, with Goal.com quoting him, he said: "We are not at all obsessed with the hexa. Neither are we under pressure to achieve it. It's natural to expect a Brazilian triumph, especially when we are playing at home.
"Our performances in the Confederations Cup were an eye-opener for everyone. Beating Italy, Uruguay and Spain, three World Cup champions in back-to-back matches, to lift the trophy is always special. It boosted our confidence tremendously.”
Alves then insisted Brazil go into every tournament looking to finish as champions and therefore they can't be accused of being obsessed about winning the 2014 World Cup.
The Barcelona man added: "Brazil play every tournament with the sole intention of winning it. We are always confident. We shall be playing at home, which should be an added advantage.
"On the other side, though, the pressure will mount if we play poorly even in one match. The crowd is not going to spare us. However, the experience of the Confederations Cup says that it should go well for us."