Felipao: We have to win the World Cup

The Brazil coach is under no illusions of his side's responsibility to claim its sixth world title and reiterated the importance of his squad forming a sense of togetherness
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has said his side "have to win the World Cup" on home soil next year.

The Selecao will get together for their next Gillette Brasil Global Tour date in March before the final World Cup squad will meet up in May at Granja Comary in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro, the team's base camp for the tournament.

The team kicks off its quest to claim Brazil's sixth world title against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12 before facing Mexico in Fortaleza and Cameroon in Brasilia, and Felipao is convinced he will lead his side to glory.
"If we are playing in Brazil there is no other way: we have to win the World Cup," the 'professor' told the Footecon convention.

"I am not afraid to say that because that is the message I want my players to understand. Brazil are going to win [the World Cup]."

Scolari succeeded former coach Mano Menezes in November 2012 and his since led Brazil to Confederations Cup glory and an impressive run of friendly results, but says he is well aware that his side still has plenty of work to do between now and June.

"I still have doubts about the team, but we have six months to work it out," he continued.

"I'm not worried about Fred's injury, for example, because we have lots of time. My main concern is that – in May - we suffer an injury. The final squad is not decided yet, but I will decide that with [assistant Flavio] Murtosa and [technical director Carlos Alberto] Parreira."

Scolari has succeeded in cultivating the sort of atmosphere in the squad that saw his 2002 World Cup-winning Brazil side dubbed 'The Scolari Family' and says he will continue working hard to better understand his players.

"I've been working with a psychologist for Brazil and with my club teams since 1993," he said.

"She helps me to understand how my players think and behave. She studies the group and draws a psychological profile so that I can have a better relationship with them."

"[What upsets me] is a player who has no commitment to the group. My players must understand that they are a part of a group. They have to be useful even when they are not playing."