Scolari fired up for Brazil-Mexico 'clasico'

The Selecao coach felt that his side did well to secure a favourable group and hopes that the tournament hosts' familiarity with the conditions would be an advantage

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was happy with his side's draw for the 2014 World Cup after they avoided a potential 'group of death'.

The hosts of next year's tournament were selected with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A as they bid to win the event for the sixth time.

Scolari was optimistic about his side's chances of progression and feels that Group D – containing Uruguay, England and Italy – is the toughest.

"It [our group] is good," Scolari said.

"England, Italy, Uruguay, that is the toughest group and we are not in this one!

"We have the 'clasico' [against Mexico] which will be very tough in the middle. Then Cameroon, which I think is good for us."

The Selecao open their campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12, and Scolari feels that the initial acclimatization period for European sides to the Brazilian weather will play into his team’s hands.

"We open against a European team, which was my preference. It is good to play first against a European team, because they will not be so ready in our country. But they will improve their game as the tournament goes on.

Scolari led Brazil to their most recent World Cup victory in 2002 as they beat Germany 2-0 in the final of the Japan and South Korea tournament.