Croatia opener is ‘most important game’, insists Brazil’s Alves
Brazil right-back Dani Alves has insisted that their opening World Cup match against Croatia will be his side’s most important game of the World Cup, the Guardian has reported.
Alves and his Brazil teammates get the widely anticipated tournament underway on Thursday evening against Niko Kovac’s side, with the pressure of being the hosts as well as being among the favourites. The supporters will also have exceptionally high expectations.
Supporters jeered Brazil as they edged to an unconvincing win over non-qualifiers Serbia in their final warm-up match. Barcelona star Alves dismissed the unrest, but admitted that the opening game will be a huge one for his side.
He said: “I think it’s the most important game of the World Cup, along with the final. Because we’re playing at home ... I’m certain the people will be on our side. That will confirm that the Brazilian team is the favourite.”
Along with Croatia, Brazil are with Mexico and Cameroon in Group A, and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is hoping to guide his country to winning the World Cup for the second time, having achieved the feat in 2002.
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