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The former New York Cosmos player believes that pressure will be immense on the Seleccao when they host the World Cup next summer…

Brazil legend Carlos Alberto, who was in Kolkata as part of Coca-Cola's Fifa World Cup Trophy tour, has highlighted the importance experience plays in an important competition such as the World Cup where holding one’s nerves is of utmost importance.

He believes that the current Brazilian side under Luis Felipe Scolari is a developing one but is nowhere close to the team which won the 2002 World Cup.     

“This is a young team and a good one. However history suggests that you cannot win without experience. You need some experience within your ranks. This is a fact. Spain won the World Cup but they had won the European Championship before. But you never know what happens in Brazil.

“Brazil is a factory of good players. We have so much talent everywhere. That being said, this is not as great a team as that of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Gilberto Silva and Roberto Carlos," he told Goal.

The Brazilian acknowledged that the Seleccao are one of the favourites to reach the final of the World Cup and also hailed Neymar on whom Brazil’s hopes rest.

“We have one exceptional player in Neymar. Maybe he can help us. His decision to go to Barcelona was a good one as he is playing with and against some exceptional players. We are definitely one of the favourites to reach the final of the World Cup. It is a short competition of maybe four to five weeks. One loss and you can go out.”

The retired Brazil right-back opines that the current Brazil outfit would be at its peak just in time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I must say that by 2018, this Brazil team will be unbeatable. They will have experience of this World Cup and be ready for the challenge in Russia. That is for sure.

“Yes, we have won the Confederations Cup but that’s different. World Cup is a different thing altogether.”

Carlos Alberto, who is one of the six ambassadors of the 2014 World Cup, spoke of the immense load on the Brazilian players to win football’s greatest prize come July next year.  

“Playing the World Cup at home means there will be just too much pressure on us. I remember when we played the 1970 World Cup and when we were drawn against Uruguay in the semi-finals, fans would turn up at players’ homes and tell our families that ‘we must not to lose to Uruguay’. That is what you call pressure. They entire nation wants you to win.”

 The 69-year old has in the past being critical of Ronaldinho branding him as a ‘definition of irresponsibility’ and it was no surprise when he mentioned that the former Ballon d’Or winner mustn’t be included in the World Cup squad.

“Ronaldinho shouldn’t be taken into this team but only Scolari can bring him in. From Brazil, I think only our striker Fred and Rever Araujo who played for Atletico Miniero can make the cut. There is Dede from Cruzeiro too.”

On being asked to highlight the strength of Brazilian sides over the years, he was quick to point that their strength lies in marauding full-backs who go forward at every instance.

“Brazil traditionally have good full backs. That is part of the brand of football we play. If you look at our defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup final to France, the opposition stopped Roberto Carlos and Cafu from functioning and won the game. The French repeated their feat once again by stopping our full-backs in 2006 and won the game again. So our strength was turned into our weakness.”

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