Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he found it easy to pick his World Cup 2014 squad after announcing his 23-man selection on Wednesday afternoon.
Kaka, Robinho and Lucas Moura are the most high-profile names to miss out, while Atletico Madrid duo Miranda and Filipe Luis were also overlooked, along with Bayern Munich's Rafinha and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
Scolari, who led Brazil to World Cup glory back in 2002 says he faced a far harder task 12 years ago than this time around, while acknowledging there would still be several unhappy players who narrowly missed the cut.
He said: “I had to improvise a little [in 2002], because I knew that it wouldn’t be well received in Rio de Janeiro. I slept in another hotel that nobody knew about. My strategy was slightly different, I didn’t have to do that yesterday.
"I could even do my short walk in the evening, it’s a quieter situation than the last time. I knew that one or two wouldn’t be pleased by the list, that’s normal. But now we don’t have as much noise as in 2002. It was quite easy to build this squad.”
Premier League-based pair Oscar and Paulinho have both endured disappointing campaigns for Chelsea and Tottenham respectively but were both called up by Scolari, and the 65-year-old says he is not concerned one bit by their ability to perform this summer.
"Oscar is one of the best players in the world today, and that’s more than mine or another coach’s observation," he added. "He might have some difficulties, but we can work on that so that he can be ready for the Cup. The technical part will be worked out as the physical exams results come. I’m not worried over Paulinho’s or Oscar’s condition.”
Real Madrid left back Marcelo will join up with the rest of the Selecao party at a later date as a result of his involvement in the Champions League final, with Scolari revealing he would talk to the player in a bid to find a resolution.
Brazil begins its World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 12 before facing Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.
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