Brazil legend Rivellino warns England and Italy about the heat in Manaus
Brazil legend Roberto Rivellino has warned England and Italy that playing in Manaus will be tough and described the decision to play a match in that venue as absurd.
The two former World Cup winners start their 2014 World Cup campaign in the sweltering heat this evening and Rivellino previewed what it will be like for the players.
Football Italia quoted the 1970 winner, he said: “It’s absurd to play a World Cup game in Manaus.
“It is far too hot and with such a high humidity level that you start sweating the moment you leave the locker room.
“In my days we certainly didn’t have the modern kit material you do now, but even so it’s going to be tough for all the teams playing here.”
England and Italy players can expect a painful test this evening and it may come down to the survival of the fittest as the two respected nations compete.