Thiago Silva hopes for Brazil-France World Cup clash

The PSG defender believes Les Bleus have the quality to get to the final of next summer’s competition, although he is backing the Selecao to lift the trophy

Thiago Silva believes a Brazil-France final is a very realistic possibility at next year’s World Cup, though he also sees Spain, Germany, Argentina and Uruguay as serious contenders.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender, who has represented the Selecao 44 times, has been plying his trade in Ligue 1 since the summer of 2012 and has said it would be an emotional experience to face Les Bleus on the game's grandest stage.

"My favourites are Brazil, of course, because we will be playing at home," Thiago Silva is quoted as saying by Le Parisien. "I also believe that Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Argentina are always difficult teams to face.

"It would be a pleasure to face France and my fellow PSG team-mates, like Blaise Matuidi and others. This would also be a bit special because I play in France.

"This would be a match full of emotions, especially if we face them in the knockout stages.

"I think France-Brazil is a classic of world football and although in recent years they have overtaken us, I think nowadays we have the qualities to reverse the trend because not only are we playing at home, but we also beat them 3-0 in a friendly in June.

"They have everything to get to the final. The French have a great coach and great players - Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery, Eric Abidal and many qualities in midfield. France is also a favourite."