Scolari: Fans can inspire Brazil to World Cup glory

The 65-year-old says that playing at home is a major advantage for the Selecao, arguing that they will have the benefit of a "12th man"

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has rejected the notion that hosting the World Cup could prove detrimental to the country's hopes of lifting the trophy this summer.

The 65-year-old trainer oversaw the Selecao's triumph in South Korea and Japan in 2002 and thinks the home support can only aid the nation's bid to win the tournament for a sixth time.

Speaking at a World Cup workshop for coaches in Florianapolis, Scolari said: "It helps us win. Fans, they help us win. Fans are important.

"I have said even though some journalists don't agree, that I'm not worried about this. We have a 12th player.

"We are playing at home, something that makes the difference. We have a squad that is competitive and of a high quality.

"And having this together with the fans means we can always be the best. Because of this, I'm completely confident that we can get to the final and become champions."

However, the 65-year-old added that there are several nations that could be considered genuine contenders for the tournament.

He said: "I don't think that we're going to have three favorites for the title. Today, there are at least eight squads that can fight for the title. Now, one of those favorites is us. Everyone knows it.

"And players, we have really good players (coming to the tournament) that we already know. Like Cristiano, like Messi, Neymar, and others.

"There are a few young players that come here, like a few players from Belgium that are on the global market, like big players that could surprise us. Colombia has a few players that could also be a surprise."