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Brazilian expresses caution ahead of opener…

Brazil midfielder Elano has expressed caution ahead of his side’s World Cup opener with North Korea next week, insisting they must treat them like any other opponent.

"We have to respect North Korea just like any other good team in the world," Elano told a press conference today, before moving on to discuss a familiar face.

"I played my first year in England with him and I was lucky," he said when asked about his time at Manchester City with Ivory Coast coach Sven Goran Eriksson.

“He's a guy that I really respect." Ivory Coast are a really good team with great players and they are even stronger with Eriksson, who does a great job. I'm looking forward to meeting him.”

Brazil face Ivory Coast on June 20 before rounding off their group campaign five days later against Portugal.

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