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Ardent home support will ease the pressure on Brazil – Marcelo

AS AS 08/06/2014 As.com

Brazil full-back Marcelo admitted that the pressure is on for the 2014 World Cup tournament hosts but the burden will be lightened by fervent support from the stands when the competition gets underway later this week. The Real Madrid defender also had positive words to say about the Spanish public who, he commented, “have always shown respect towards the Brazil national side” and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who, he described as “honest and affectionate”.

“The Spanish have always had respect for Brazil’s national team. I remember chatting to Casillas in the dressing room after last year’s Confederations Cup final. He told me that it was for these kind of things [the 3-0 victory over them in the final, at a packed Maracanã] that Brazilian football has always been respected, regardless of our position in the FIFA world rankings or if we suffer a few poor results,” Marcelo told Brazilian daily ‘O Globo’ on Sunday.

The defender also recognised the pressures the five-time winners will be under to reclaim the trophy on home soil. “We will be representing our country, our nation and people; that means that pressure will be much greater that if the finals were being else somewhere else. It’s a huge responsibility but on the plus side, we’ll have our fans behind us.

“Our supporters really get us fired up, they help us through the difficult moments and give us strength and courage. When they sang our national anthem a capella, before last year’s Confederations Cup final, that was practically worth a goal for us. It means we go into the game already at an advantage, [psychologically] it’s like having a 1-0 lead,” he continued.

As for when the tournament gets in full swing later this week, Marcelo says he has no fear: “I don’t consider myself to be a brave man, but I am not afraid of anything or anybody. I just do what I know how and need to do. I don’t need to pretend to be somebody I’m not”.

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