Former Brazil international Carlos Alberto Torres believes the Selecao face a tough task to win their sixth world title this summer due to the strength of the competition at World Cup 2014.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's men impressed in 2013 as they beat world champion Spain 3-0 in the final of the Confederations Cup, but Carlos Alberto — who captained the squad that won the 1970 World Cup — has warned that the current side is "not extraordinary" when compared with their closest rivals.
"We have a very good team, but it's too early to start celebrating. We cannot ignore the strength of our opponents," the 69-year-old told Goal. "Brazil are one of the favorites, but we have to be patient. We are good, but we are not extraordinary. The Selecao were favorites at the 2010 World Cup as well, but things did not work out then.
"There are always the same five or six teams that are the favorites to win it: Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain and Netherlands. The winner nearly always comes out of these teams."
Carlos Alberto then went on to have his say on Scolari and insisted that, even though the Brazil boss is a great coach, he will not make a key difference for the Selecao this summer.
"Felipao is a great coach, but he is not the best in the world. He won a World Cup with Brazil, but so did other coaches. It's not like Brazil would not stand a chance without him," he said. "He is doing a great job, though. He did well when people started questioning his work. He is a great coach because of everything he's won in the past, at club and at international level.
"However, the fact that he won the World Cup before does not mean he's the answer again now. No modern coach has won the World Cup twice."
The former right back also said he would prefer to see Roma defender Maicon start at right back for Brazil this summer ahead of Barcelona's Dani Alves.
"Dani Alves is almost perfect with Barcelona, but he's not as good with the national side. He always seems a bit lost due to Brazil's different style. He is very strong going forward and also at the back," he said. "Maicon has a bit more experience and I think that in certain areas he's better suited to the Selecao than Alves. I like Maicon a lot. The only problem could be his age. This will be his last chance to play at a World Cup."
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