Defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo believes that Brazil will embrace the pressure of being the host nation and red hot favourites in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil has bowed out meekly at the quarter final stages of the past two editions of the World Cup and the pressure is on the national side to deliver their sixth World Cup victory in front of their home fans later this year.
Gustavo, who is set to play a key role for Brazil, said that the side understands what they need to do to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup and understand just how much their success means to the entire population of Brazil.
“Everyone in the Brazil team knows what we have to do,” Gustavo said.
“We want to try and win the competition; that’s the greatest thing you can achieve as a player.
We know what the competition means to everyone in Brazil and we will do everything in our power to meet those expectations.
“They can’t wait for the World Cup to start.”
Brazil stamped themselves as the clear favourites for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a stunning string of performances during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year; dispatching Japan, Mexico, Italy, Uruguay and Spain on their way to the title.
Gustavo became a regular fixture of the Brazilian side during the Confederations Cup and believes that the support of their home crown helped him and his teammates cruise to comfortable victory.
“I’d been biding my time and he (managed Luiz Scolari) gave me an opportunity, which I grabbed with both hands,” Gustavo said of his performances during the Confederations Cup.
“The fans played a big part.
“When they get behind us, it’s unbelievable.
“Everyone in Brazil is crazy about football and I think that helped us a lot.”
Brazil will start their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo in June 12 before taking on Mexico in Fortaleza on June 17 and Cameroon in Brasilia on June 23.
The host nation is at unbackable odds to finish on top of their Group, but Gustvao said that the side isn’t taking any of their pool games for granted.
“There are no easy opponents,” Gustavo said.
“You might say we have to prepare ourselves for seven finals.
“We have to focus on the job at hand, then we can achieve what we set out to do.”
Brazil ($4) is currently on top of the 2014 FIFA World Cup betting market at Ladbrokes Australia from Argentina ($5.50), Germany ($6.50) and Spain ($8).