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Brazil star plays down pressure talk

May 25, 2014 14:36:35 UK

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Brazil midfielder Hernanes insists the Selecao can handle the pressure of playing at home this summer.

As the host country there is a huge weight of expectation on Brazil ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Hernanes, however, insists the players can handle the pressure and the Inter Milan star feels hosting the tournament could “bring out the best” in Brazil.

“This pressure is always on us because we are playing at the highest level,” he is quoted as saying by The Times of India.

“We are used to feeling it. Having said that, I want to do well in front of people of my country.

“The joy was crazy [when he was named in the squad] because it was my life dream to be part of the group. I am very happy and proud to have reached this point in my career. Brazil are already on top and now we get the chance to play in our country. This situation will bring the best out of us.

“I do hope Brazil [will win]. Look out for Argentina and Germany. It’s the great schools that make a difference in a World Cup.”

Brazil open their World Cup account against Croatia and can be backed at 1.28 to secure the win and 3.75 to win the tournament outright.

Argentina are 5.50 to win the World Cup and Germany can be backed at 6.50 to take the top prize.

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