Scolari upbeat over 'improved' Brazil

The Selecao boss conceded that his side were stronger in their Group A opener against Croatia but believes that he could see signs of improvement in their 0-0 draw with Mexico
Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted that there were positive signs in Brazil's goalless draw with Mexico in Fortaleza on Tuesday and feels his side are improving.

The Seleccao were unable to find a way past their Group A opponents, with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa making a series of crucial saves to keep his team on level terms.

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However, despite the disappointment of failing to secure a second win after their controversial 3-1 victory over Croatia last Thursday, Scolari believes his side are developing well in the early stages of the competition.

"In my opinion, the team played better than against Croatia," the 65-year-old told reporters after the game.

"We can still get better, but I felt we improved here. We evolved at least 10 per cent in comparison to that match. We have the possibility of making it to the next round with quality.

"I'm satisfied. I was happy with what I saw. It's just that in Brazil, people insist on thinking that the rivals never play well. But Mexico was incredible today."

Neymar, who scored twice in the opening game against Croatia, struggled to make an impact against la Verde, but was defended by his head coach who stressed the entire side must take responsibility for their performances.

"Neymar doesn't win alone and doesn't lose alone," the former Chelsea trainer added.

"He's part of a group. In this group, he sometimes makes the difference. We all know that. But he's still part of a group. He wins with the group. He loses with the group.

"We'll work to make sure we all get the opportunities of winning the next matches."

Brazil play their final Group A game against Cameroon on June 23.