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The coach knows that it will be a tough game on Sunday evening...

Brazil coach Dunga has called for Italy to treated with respect, ahead of the meeting between the two sides in the Confederations Cup this Sunday.

The World Champions look as though they will have to win the game to progress to the semi-finals and have been unimpressive at the tournament so far.

Nevertheless, at a press conference today, Dunga declared that, "Italy are the current champions of the world and that, of course, means that we have to respect them".

"The Italian team are very focused and they are also very used to playing in decisive matches," AS quote him as saying.

Aside from the opponents, Dunga also spoke about his own side, admitting that he has not seen such a "good environment" before.

"I see responsibility and transparency in the team, and therefore things [on the pitch] happen naturally," he explained.

"Our football has always been respected everywhere but now we have many of our players playing in Europe.

"For us, each player has to be prepared at every moment, both mentally and physically, as each one of them can make the difference on the pitch."

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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