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Brazil captain Thiago Silva discusses the nature of pressure

Silva is expected by his nation to captain Brazil to a sixth world crown
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Brazil captain Thiago Silva has been discussing how he and fellow footballers deal with the pressures of competing at a World Cup- especially when played on home soil and with over 200 million expectant fans to placate.

Ahead of Selecao's vital final group game with Cameroon this evening, AC Milan's Silva said: "Pressure is a positive thing for us. We do not care about that. We all know what to do and what is expected of us."

"Pressure is a part of football, if you can not handle it, you have to change professions. What saddens us is when there are negative comments, which can be difficult for younger players."

"Scolari made very good choices (in picking his squad), there are no fights inside the team and we are all happy. Do not play football if you cannot handle the pressure."

Tonight's game in Brasilia will be accompanied by Sambafoot's live text commentary from 2000 GMT, as well as analysis and comment before and after the match has been played.


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