Will the Brazilian legend's infamous curse continue after he tipped the Azzurri to do the business against his homeland?Tomorrow night Italy face Brazil in the Confederations Cup in their last group stage match, needing a victory to have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals after their 1-0 defeat to Egypt in their first match.
The Selecao have won their first two group games, which makes it almost impossible for them not to qualify, but theoretically anything is still possible since goal difference matters if teams finish level on points.
Brazilian legend Pele spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about this match, which he thinks is not to be underestimated for Carlos Dunga's men.
"When the two countries with the most World Cup victories meet, there is always a lot of balance no matter what kind of form they are in," he said. "In the London friendly in February Brazil were superior and won 2-0, but that's in the past. It will be a different story this time."
Despite that embarrassing 1-0 reverse to Egypt, the three-time World Cup winner believes Italy will bounce back quickly.
"I hope Brazil continue improving and play well against Italy: they should never be underestimated," he continued, "especially after a defeat like the one against Egypt, in which the opposing goalkeeper made some great saves, denying the Azzurri an equaliser. Italy know how to pick themselves up quickly."
Pele has become infamous for his numerous wrong predictions over the years, and he is considered by many as something of a jinx. Italy fans will now be fearing the worst following Pele's remarks.
Danilo Pochini, Goal.com