Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari warned fans of the host nation not to expect an easy game Tuesday against Mexico and confirmed Hulk is a doubt for the match.
“If anyone thinks Brazil will enter the field (against Mexico) and win easily, they are mistaken,” Scolari said in his pregame news conference Monday.
“Whenever we play Mexico, we have problems,” Scolari continued. “I think it’ll be an even game; both teams have good quality.”PHOTOS: Opening ceremony | Brazil protests | Soccer fanatics | Fan tattoos
Brazil captain Thiago Silva picked out Mexico strikers Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta as two players who can cause a threat if given enough time and space around the penalty area.
The 65-year-old Scolari also noted that Zenit St Petersburg player Hulk may not start against Mexico, with a decision to be made tomorrow after he sustained a muscle injury in his left leg.
Both teams go into the match in Fortaleza with three points, and if there is a winner Tuesday, that team will take a huge step toward qualification to the knockout round.
Mexico is scheduled to train in the Arena Castelao later Monday, with coach Miguel Herrera set to name his team at a news conference beforehand.