Scolari: Count Brazil as World Cup favourites

Felipao believes his Selecao side are now at the same level as Spain and Germany and will be the team to beat next year, while adding Neymar is already proving himself in Europe
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes his side are among the favourites for next year’s World Cup.

The Selecao are in North America this month for the Gillette International Soccer Series, facing Honduras in Miami tomorrow before meeting Chile in Toronto on November 19.

And, beaten just once in their last 16 games, Scolari says his team is good as anyone.

“Yes, we can put Brazil at the same level of [Germany and Spain],” he told a press conference.

“We have our own style of play, different to both Germany and Spain. We know how we want to play, and we have defined 18, 19 or 20 names that make up the squad and who are all are fully integrated into the group.”

Felipao also reserved praise for Neymar, asserting that Europe is finally seeing what the 21-year-old displayed so consistently in Brazil.

“In Europe they are beginning to recognize that [Neymar] is one of the best in the world,” Scolari said.

“When we said this in Brazil, people claimed we were being overly sentimental. But he is already showing them that he is not any different from the level at which we put him. He is growing there.”

Brazil will likely be without Dani Alves for the clash with Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium after the Barcelona man hobbled out of Thursday's training session with muscle pain. Thiago Silva has been training separately from the group and also looks set to miss out.

Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Victor won't miss out, however.

"Victor will start the game so I can watch him," added Felipao.

"I also have Willian and Marquinhos. I'll see how the tactical system works and observe the reaction of these players in training, so I can see what can I have to choose from in the future."