World Cup 2010: Brazil's Julio Cesar Looking For Performances To Go Up Another Gear In Knockout Stages

Goalkeeper confident South Americans can progress...
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar believes he and his team mates can go from strength to strength at World Cup 2010 after easing into the last 16 of the competition.

Dunga’s side qualified from a tricky Group G, where they faced Portugal and the Ivory Coast, with little difficulty and were unbeaten in all three games, conceding just twice.

A goalless draw with Portugal on Friday also saw them top the group and Cesar was satisfied with the performance.

"It was a difficult group," he told reporters.
"Portugal defended well and created some chances for themselves. We wanted to finish the group with a win but it was not to be.

"Nevertheless we can draw positives from our performance against Portugal. We dominated possession and we always surged forward hoping to score goals."
However, the outstanding shot-stopper has admitted Brazil will have to play better if they are to overcome fellow South American’s Chile in the second round. Yet he still believes his nation have a good chance of making the quarter-final stage.

"Now a new and more complicated stage in the competition begins and I am certain that Brazil will be ready," he added.

"We have done what we expected to do so far and now we have to focus one game at a time and continue to improve game by game."

Cesar will also be hoping Brazil have Elano and Kaka back from injury and suspension respectively for the game in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"They are both crucial players for us and it will be good to have them back in the team for our next game," he concluded.

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