Scolari fired up for Brazil-Mexico 'clasico'

The Selecao coach felt that his side did well to secure a favorable group and hopes that the tournament home side's familiarity with the conditions would be an advantage.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was happy with his side's draw for the 2014 World Cup after the team avoided a potential 'group of death'.

The host of next year's tournament was selected with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A as the team bid to win the event for the sixth time.

Scolari was optimistic about his side's chances of progression and feels that Group D – containing Uruguay, England and Italy – is the toughest.

"It [our group] is good," Scolari said. "England, Italy, Uruguay, that is the toughest group and we are not in this one!

"We have the 'clasico' [against Mexico] which will be very tough in the middle. Then Cameroon, which I think is good for us."

The Selecao open their campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12, and Scolari feels that the initial acclimatization period for European sides to the Brazilian weather will play into his team’s hands.

"We open against a European team, which was my preference. It is good to play first against a European team, because they will not be so ready in our country. But they will improve their game as the tournament goes on.

Scolari led Brazil to its most recent World Cup victory in 2002 as the team beat Germany 2-0 in the final of the Japan and South Korea tournament.

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