The two teams will meet for the first time since Germany’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory over the Selecao in 2014.
They do so with both sides listed as favourites for this year’s tournament in Russia and Alves has labelled the clash at the Olympiastadion as a ‘world clasico’.
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“There’s always some difficulties when you play a team of that level,” said Alves. “It’s a world clasico.”
“As I've said so many times when I'm asked about this, you cannot change the past, you can only change the present.
“We also have good memories of games against Germany, but now there are new and totally different challenges after what happened. It will be a difficult match for both teams.”
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Dani Alves will captain Brazil against Germany, which will see him wear the armband for the fourth time under coach Tite who has elected not to appoint anyone on a permanent basis.
And the former Barcelona man is anticipating a tight and exciting contest between the hosts and this much-improved Brazil side.
“I believe it will be a great game. There has been a clear evolution in our team since the coach took over,” he said.
“We expect to perform well and to contest a great game. We prepare ourselves every day for this. It will be a great test against the sort of opponents we will face in the near future.”