Hulk: Brazil does not underestimate Group A rivals
Brazil forward Hulk has told FIFA's official website that Brazil's Group A opponents at the World Cup will not be underestimated by the tournament hosts as they will all be striving to ruin the South American team's party.
Said the Zenit striker on Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico: "First and foremost, they're all difficult games. Not just because they're great teams with very good players, but also because they'll be facing Brazil at home, they're likely to play quite defensively."
"So, when gaps do open up, we're going to have to take full advantage. That was the case at the Confederations Cup, when we were almost always able to grab an early goal- which proved incredibly important."
"It helped us forge our identity even further: that of us pressing opponents high up the pitch right from the start of games."
Brazil will face Croatia first up in Sao Paulo on June 12 as Group A and indeed the whole World Cup gets underway in earnest.