The Selecao legend has heaped praise on his nation's upcoming opponents but believes that the Confederations Cup hosts can beat them
He analysed the two sides, suggesting that his team 30 years ago attacked with more urgency and were overall the better line-up but praised la Roja's ability to break down opponents via possession-based dominance.
"It's interesting to make a comparison," Zico said to Marca. "In Spain, the only desire is to go out and play, which is what we told Tele Santana, the coach of that team.
"The difference is that we got to the goal faster, we shot more. Spain play more, pass more.
"The Brazil team of '82 had more complete players than the team of [Vicente] del Bosque."
Zico hopes that the Selecao prevent Spain from playing at the Maracana in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday and praised Luiz Felipe Scolari's tactics in this summer's international tournament.
"We have to mark them tightly, press them hard and not allow them to play. Brazil have done this before and it has produced results," he added.
"Scolari has found a good way to play. I am pleased and it is convincing. It fits well with the players that we have."