Maicon believes Alves competition is good for Brazil

The Roma defender feels the national team can only benefit from his fight for a starting spot against the Barcelona full-back and feels preparations are going well
Brazil defender Maicon says his battle with Dani Alves for the right-back slot is beneficial to the national team heading into the World Cup.

The Roma full-back has enjoyed a bright season in the Italian capital, while Alves has continued to be a mainstay in the Barcelona team.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been alternating between the two in recent weeks and Maicon believes a tight competition between the two for the starting spot can only be a good thing for the tournament hosts.

"Myself and Dani look to give our best, but it is the team who gains from this," he told reporters.

"Having two good players for the position is positive. Whoever Felipao chooses will give his best to represent Brazil in the best possible manner.

"I have lived this World Cup moment from a fan perspective, when I didn’t play for Selecao, and was supporting the team instead. Now I have the bigger responsibility of representing them.

"The first week of preparation was excellent, we underwent tests as soon as we got here. Everyone has been working very hard throughout the week and that’s how you build a strong group for a competition like this.

"Everyone is in great shape. We are always aiming to work hard in every training session. Even in practices, as we had today, it’s extremely important to get well prepared for the World Cup."

Maicon says Brazil will not change their style heading into the summer showpiece and admits there is a lot of pressure on them, but feels the fact that no one in the current squad has won the World Cup before is a good thing.

He continued: "Look how wonderful this is. Everyone here doesn’t have this title and have this chance of winning it. One can make history with the Selecao shirt. The opportunity is there.

"The Brazilian supporters understood our style well during the Confederations Cup. I’m sure it won’t be different during the World Cup. Felipao will use the same style of play and I’m confident the final result will please everyone.

"I think, from the point when you put on this shirt, the pressure is there and with the media on the side of the pitch, it grows even bigger. Of course, we are trying to take this in a positive light because criticism can also be constructive."