Cafu: Never underestimate Brazil
The two-time World champion has joined the Selecao as guest coach for October’s World Cup qualifiers and has called on the team to prove their pedigree
Former World Cup-winner Cafu has warned the rest of South America that Brazil should never be underestimated.
Brazil’s all-time most capped player with 142 appearances for the Selecao, Cafu has joined the squad this week as guest-coach for the World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venzuela.
And the former Milan man says the while five-time World Champions may well be coming into qualification following the disappointment of a World Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Germany and a surprise Copa America quarter-final defeat to Paraguay, they still have the pedigree to take the continent by storm.
“Chile had a fantastic Copa America, they’ve had a rapid ascent, but Brazil is still Brazil,” Cafu told reporters in Santiago.
“We are five-time World champions. We are a team to be respected. Anyone who does not respect Brazil will be surprised. Brazil remain one of the greatest powers of football, but we need to prove our quality again.”
Cafu, who holds the unique record of having appeared in three World Cup finals, with two wins, went on to stress the importance of Kaka’s presence in the squad.
Orlando City man Kaka was initially left out but received a late call-up last weekend after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was forced to withdraw through injury.
“Kaka is a big name who has played some friendly matches with Dunga. He’s an experienced player who has competed in the qualifiers before and will be extremely important for the young players,” Cafu underlined.
Brazil meet Chile in Santiago on October 8 before hosting Venezuela on October 13