Dani Alves: Winning warm-up games isn't Brazil's priority

The Barcelona fullback claims it is more important for the Selecao recapture their style rather than rack up victories in friendly fixtures.
Dani Alves insists that simply winning World Cup warm-up matches is not Brazil's priority, explaining that the team is more concerned with performances than final scores.

The Barcelona defender was on target as Luiz Felipe Scolari's men romped to a 4-0 win over Panama on Tuesday, with Neymar, Hulk and Willian also netting.

Scolari had been less than impressed with Brazil's performances during training sessions over the weekend and Alves admits he is more concerned with the side recapturing its best form rather than securing wins in warm-up games.

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"I think the result today matters less," the 31-year-old told Globo. "The important thing is to get back to playing the way we want to, rather than results. Everyone took part and that's what makes our group strong. Everyone is available to help.

"I don't usually score, I usually help the team in other ways. But everyone's happy when you're able to get a goal."

Striker Fred admits he was relieved at the result against Panama as the Confederations Cup holder had been "feeling the pressure" in recent days.

"This match was an important part of our preparation, and we were feeling the pressure a little," the Fluminense front man said after the game. "The atmosphere was immense and it was very hot and the other team was playing very defensive. Panama sat behind the halfway line and this made our life more difficult.

"I think we need to have a good mentality for the tournament, we know the responsibility to play a World Cup at home and what it means to wear this shirt."