Luiz Felipe Scolari draws strength from Brazil's collective abilities
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has suggested that his 2014 squad are on a par with the Class of 2002, the last time the country won a World Cup.
Scolari, in his second term at the helm of Braziian national football, told reporters at one of the final press conferences before the tournament gets underway: "I would say that this squad and the 2002 squad are collectively the same."
"There was an ability in that squad which helped to change games tactically."
"This squad has players that change their games to help the team. For instance, Neymar helps to mark players if it helps the whole team."
In an emotionally-charged speech on a week where Scolari lost a family member in a car crash, he added: "We want to thank President Dilma Rousseff for her words of support and also the fans from across the country who are backing us."
"Yes, we have gone through difficult times together, but life goes on. We do what we have to do and we go on. Each of us has a path to follow."