The Chelsea left back admits that World Cup defeat to Germany dealt a devastating blow to the Selecao but is confident the blip will be merely temporary.Filipe Luis insists Brazil must put its World Cup misery behind it and focus on returning the Selecao to its former glory.
The Chelsea left back was drafted back into the squad by new coach Dunga for the Gillette Brasil Global Tour double-header with Colombia and Ecuador this month.
And the 29-year-old says the five-time world champions must now being work to rebuild their reputation following their World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany in July.
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“The time has come for us to keep our feet firmly on the ground and accept that the World Cup was not a good time for us,” he told reporters in Miami ahead of Friday’s clash with Colombia.
“Speaking with all humility the world, Brazil is most powerful international team in the world. It has more world titles than anyone else… but we must be humble and admit that perhaps now some other teams are better.
“However if we all think the same way and find a solid group, we can return to the beautiful game that has always been Brazil’s trademark and that's when the shirt will once again begin to weigh down on our opponents.”
Filipe Luis' Chelsea team-mate echoed those sentiments, adding: “The respect that Brazil have throughout the world cannot be erased by one game. Even the players in Europe were saying it was an unusual game that was a surprise for everyone and won’t happen again.”
Brazil faces Colombia at SunLife stadium on Friday and Dunga will continue his preparations for the game with a training session at FIU Soccer Stadium on Wednesday.